South Gloucestershire residents can now recycle their waste cooking oil at the four SORT IT!* Centres, helping save money and creating clean electricity.
Across the UK, taxpayers face an annual bill of around £15million for cleaning up drains and watercourses damaged by cooking oil that is often poured down sinks*.
All waste cooking oil collected at SORT IT!* Centres in Yate, Thornbury, Mangotsfield and Stoke Gifford will now be converted to clean electricity, where green energy firm Living Fuels has placed tanks to capture the liquid.
Councillor James Hunt, executive member for communities said of the scheme; “Many residents have been in touch with us to ask for a way to make good use of their used cooking oil, so I am delighted that this initiative, working with Living Fuels and our recycling contractor SITA UK, is now in place for the benefit of South Gloucestershire residents.”
Living Fuels collects the waste oil and refines it through a 100 per cent natural process to produce a patented biofuel which in turn powers specially-designed engines to supply safe, clean, renewable electricity to the National Grid.
Rob Murphy, Operations Director of Living Fuels said: “Just one litre of used cooking oil that we collect generates enough renewable electricity through our chemical-free processing to make 240 cups of tea.
“Since we started out three years ago, we have collected enough waste oil to power 5,000 UK homes for a year.
“But we can still do much, much more so I’m delighted that environmentally-conscious residents in South Gloucestershire can now recycle their used cooking oil easily and help the fight against dangerous climate change.”
Cooking Oil tanks have been installed at:
• Stoke Gifford SORT!* Centre, Station Road, Little Stoke, BS34 6HP
• Mangotsfield SORT IT!* Centre, Carsons Road, Mangotsfield, BS16 9LL
• Thornbury SORT IT!* Centre, Short Way, Thornbury Industrial Estate, Thornbury, BS35 3UT
• Yate SORT IT!* Centre, Collett Way, Yate, BS37 5NL