Millions of pounds are being tipped down the drain every year in the UK as a direct result of pouring used cooking oil down the sink rather than it being recycled.
Now Vale of Glamorgan residents have an easy way to recycle their waste cooking oil locally, helping to cut taxpayers’ £15M annual bill for cleaning up drains and watercourses damaged by waste fats.
The waste oil collected at household waste recycling centres in the Vale of Glamorgan area will now be converted to clean electricity.
Green energy firm Living Fuels has placed tanks for used cooking oil at the Llandow household waste recycling centre (civic amenity site) in the Vale of Glamorgan, working in partnership with The Vale of Glamorgan Council and BIFFA. An additional site will come on board when the new household waste recycling centre at Atlantic Trading Estate, Barry opens on 1st September, 2011.
Councillor Geoff Cox, Cabinet Member for Visible and Building Services, said: “I am pleased to announce this new scheme for our residents, that will for the first time enable us all to recycle any type of used cooking oil.”
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 or 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 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 Vale residents can now recycle their used cooking oil and help the fight against dangerous climate change.”
Living Fuels tanks have been installed at:
• Llandow HWRC, Llandow Trading Estate, Gluepot Road, CF71 7PB. The summer opening times of the site are 08:00 until 18:00.