Hartlepool residents have been praised this week, for creating enough carbon neutral electricity to make over one hundred and twenty thousand cups of tea – more than one cup of tea for each resident – all by recycling their used cooking oil.
Each year it costs UK water companies an average of £15 million to clear blockages caused by fats and greases being tipped away down drains, where it clogs up and causes damage to drains.
However the recycling scheme, operated by Hartlepool Borough Council, in partnership with eco-firm Living Fuels, sees used cooking oil turned into a valuable resource which helps lower the country’s dependence on fossil fuels.
Kate Ainger, Hartlepool’s environment projects officer, said of the scheme: “This scheme is an excellent solution to the problem of what to do with old cooking oil. Not only does it save costly damage to the drains, it is a great way of generating clean energy. Thank you to everyone who has recycled their used cooking oil so far!”
Kate added, “Its easy to recycle your used cooking oil. Simply take it down to the Household Waste Recycling Centre on Burn Road and pour it into the oil recycling container. You can even pop the bottle in the handy box to be recycled too.”
Once the used cooking oil is collected from the Household Waste Recycling Centre, it is taken to Living Fuels’ state-of-the-art recovery facility, where it is recovered 100% naturally into a clean, green bioliquid, LF100. This bioliquid is then used in Living Fuels’ renewable energy facilities to provide carbon neutral electricity to the National Grid at times of unexpected power demand.
Just one litre of waste oil can create enough green energy to make 240 cups of tea. One full recycling centre tank provides enough to power a home for an entire year.
Rob Murphy, Operations Director for Living Fuels said of the scheme: “It’s brilliant to see residents taking so well to a service that provides a way to get rid of a difficult waste stream, whilst at the same time helping to create clean, green electricity for UK homes and businesses.”
To find your nearest used cooking oil collection point, please visit www.livingfuels.co.uk. For more information on recycling in Hartlepool please visit www.hartlepool.gov.uk/recycle.