Stoke-on-Trent residents are being encouraged to help provide electricity for UK businesses and homes, all by recycling their used cooking oil.
A recent YouGov poll* saw that disposal down the drain is still the UK’s preferred method of disposing of used cooking oil. Each year an estimated £15 million is spent on repairing damage to drains caused by improper disposal of waste oil, which also poses threats to wildlife if sent to landfill.
However, there is a more environmentally friendly way to dispose of oil, which has been implemented by Stoke-on-Trent Council, in partnership with renewable energy company Living Fuels. A cooking oil tank has been placed at both the Hanford and Burslem household waste recycling centres for residents’ waste oil. Once collected, it is taken to Living Fuels’ state-of-the-art recovery facility where the oil is recovered 100% naturally into a clean, green bioliquid which is then fed into the National Grid at times of unexpected power demand.
Just one litre of used cooking oil provides enough renewable energy to make 240 cups of tea and one full tank provides can power the average UK home for one year.
Councillor Janine Bridges, cabinet member for city services at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “Cooking oil has the potential to ease the pressures put on our non-renewable energy resources and we are proud that Stoke-on-Trent is taking this proactive approach to this issue. Working alongside Living Fuels is great for the city and hopefully we can encourage more and more residents to think about what they do with their used cooking oils before disposing of them.”
Living Fuels’ Commercial Manager Helen Jamison continued: “We’re proud to be working with Stoke-On-Trent council to divert used cooking oil from drains, recovering what would otherwise be a wasted resource into carbon neutral electricity that benefits the entire UK.”