Vale of Glamorgan Switches the Kettle On


Vale residents have been praised for turning their waste cooking oil into clean, green energy.

In just one year, Vale Glamorgan residents produce enough energy to make 80,000 cups of tea from recycling their used cooking oil.

One full tank of used cooking oil is enough to power a UK home for one year, and one litre of oil can power an energy saving lightbulb for 225 hours.

Waste oil has long been a problematic waste to get rid of, with a recent poll of homeowners* stating that their preferred method of disposal is down the drain – a habit which costs water companies an estimated £15 million per year.

However, thanks to a scheme cooked up by The Vale of Glamorgan Council, in partnership with Biffa Waste Services Limited and eco-firm Living Fuels, there is now a much cheaper and more environmentally friendly way to get rid of old oil.

Used cooking oil tanks were placed at the Vale’s household waste recycling centre in Llandow last May, with the new Barry site also able to accept oil for recycling from its opening in September, 2011.

Once the tanks are full, Living Fuels collect the oil and take it to their recovery facility, where they turn it – without the use of chemicals – into a clean, green bioliquid that is then fed into the National Grid at times of unexpected power demand.

Marking a year of partnership and positive recycling rates, John Davies the Council’s commercial waste manager, Penny Reeve, Living Fuels’ marketing co-ordinator and Mr Paul Beck, Biffa’s business manager, met at the Barry site, for a celebratory cup of tea.

John Davies said of the scheme “Waste oil can be a real problem for us. If it’s put in resident’s black bags it can then play havoc with our refuse vehicles. My thanks to our residents who have taken the time and effort to get rid of their old oil responsibly and to ensure it’s recycled.”

Penny from Living Fuels finished by saying: “It is brilliant to see that the Vale of Glamorgan residents have taken so well to the oil recycling scheme. Their great effort is helping to reduce the UK’s carbon dependency whilst at the same time ridding homes of a difficult waste stream.”