Described by some as a ‘national institution’, Goose Fair is a highlight of the Nottingham calendar. Now in its 717th year visitors come from all over the country to sample the delights of one of the biggest mobile fairs in Europe.
Originally an event for buying geese to eat at Michelmas, over the years the fair has changed dramatically, moving from the Market Square to the Forest Recreation ground, changing many of its attractions and moving from traditional steam powered rides to faster electrical ones.
Now, with the help of an innovative Nottingham based company, Living Fuels, the traders of Goose fair are able to help return the electricity used at the fair to the National Grid.
Living Fuels, in partnership with Nottingham City Council, have placed two used cooking oil tanks at the Forest Rec ground for traders to dispose of their used oil. Once the event is over, this oil will be taken to the company’s processing plant and recovered 100% naturally into a clean, green bioliquid that is then used to run combined heat and power (CHP) units that feed electricity into the National Grid.
Rob Murphy, Operations Manager at the head office on King Street in Nottingham said, “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Nottingham City Council to both provide the tradesmen with an outlet for a difficult waste stream and also help save the environment. It’s great to know that as we’re all having fun at the fair, we’re also helping to keep our country’s power switched on.”
Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability, Councillor Alan Clark, said: “We’re always looking at ways to reduce our impact on the environment and have been recycling other materials from Goose Fair for a number of years. We were delighted that a local company approached us with this great idea for making good use of the large amount of cooking oil used at the event. It is not only a greener solution but it saves on disposal costs too – it’s a win-win situation for us.”
Every year an estimated 15 million pounds is spent clearing drains blocked with used cooking oil, which also damages water courses. Living Fuels provides used cooking oil tanks to household waste recycling centres around Nottinghamshire for easy and environmentally friendly disposal of householders’ oil. To find your nearest used cooking oil bank, please visit www.livingfuels.co.uk.