North Somerset residents who use the humble frying pan can now turn their waste oil into electricity thanks to an innovative cooking oil recycling scheme which is new to the region.
Renewable energy provider Living Fuels has supplied used cooking oil collection facilities at recycling centres in Weston-super-Mare, Portishead and Backwell.All cooking oil collected at the sites is refined into a biofuel and used to create green electricity in dedicated generators.
Daniel Gillert, commercial manager for Living Fuels, said: “Many people don’t realise that thousands of tonnes of used cooking oil are poured down the drain each year, costing UK rate payers around £15 million to clean up.By recycling your used cooking oil, you’re not only helping to solve this problem but also making use of what was previously a waste material.”
The oil tanks were installed by Living Fuels in partnership with North Somerset Council and May Gurney environmental services, with the aim of further reducing the amount of waste products going into landfill.
Daniel continued: "Once refined, the biofuel, named “LF100”, has huge potential – just one litre generates enough clean electricity to make 240 cups of tea, whilst one tonne provides enough to power the average home for an entire year. Using this process to create electricity vastly reduces carbon emissions, meaning that everyone can play a part in building Britain’s renewable energy future."
Cllr Carl Francis Pester, North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for recycling added: “Once again North Somerset Council – in conjunction with May Gurney andLiving Fuels – is ahead of the game in helping to generate energy, reducing carbon emissions and saving tax payers money.”
Weston-super-Mare and Portishead recycling centres are open daily between 8am and 6pm, with Backwell recycling centre open between 8am and 6pm Mondayto Friday, 8am and 4.30pm Saturday and 9am until 4pm Sunday.