An innovative used cooking oil recycling scheme new to the region is now officially launching after a successful six month trial in Solihull.
Living Fuels, part of the Guildford registered group Renewable Energy Generation, have provided used cooking oil recycling facilities at Bickenhill Household waste recycling centre for the last six months, with local residents making the most of the facilities to deposit used cooking oil.
The pioneering scheme, which refines waste cooking oil into a biofuel used for generating electricity, will now be available to local residents on a permanent basis
Daniel Gillert, commercial manager for Living Fuels, said: "the volume of oil we have collected over the last six months shows that there is a real appetite for recycling in Solihull.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 conjunction with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Enterprise to drastically reduce the amount of waste products distributed 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."
Cabinet Member for Environment at Solihull Council, Councillor Tim Hodgson said: “It’s fantastic that Solihull residents have been so keen to take part in this scheme. Recycling waste cooking oil into biofuel not only reduces carbon emissions but also has other benefits too because it means that oil is not being poured down sinks and drains, which can block pipes, cause environmental damage and can be a risk to health if it accumulates.”
Bickenhill household waste recycling centreon Coventry Road is open between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 4.30pmat weekends.To find out more about the recycling process, visit www.livingfuels.co.uk.