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Power boosting recycling scheme saves money and Staffordshire’s environment


People are being urged to make the most of a county council scheme to recycle used cooking oil and help generate power as Staffordshire County Council continues to find innovative ways to get the best value for money for residents.
Used cooking oil can be turned into renewable electricity to power homes and businesses. The waste cooking oil recycling scheme, implemented by Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-On-Trent City Council in partnership with eco-firm Living Fuels, sees tanks placed at 13 of Staffordshire’s household waste recycling centres for residents to dispose of their waste cooking oil. Just one full tank can provide enough electricity to power the average home for a year.

When collected the used cooking oil is taken to Living Fuels’ state-of-the-art recovery facility where it is naturally settled and recovered into a clean, green bioliquid without the need for any chemicals or heat. This bioliquid is then used in the company’s renewable energy facilities to produce carbon neutral electricity to power homes and businesses.

So far enough renewable electricity had been recovered in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to make 11.5 million cups of tea, or enough to provide each person in the area six cups of tea.

The recovery of used cooking oil forms part of the Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent Council’s joint waste plan, which supports new waste recovery procedures and encourages renewable energy initiatives.

When poured down drains, used cooking oil costs UK water companies an estimated £15 million per year on blockages, which if left, can lead to water contamination and flooding which can attract rats and other vermin.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for environment and assets Mark Winnington said: “This innovative scheme is another way in which we can take a waste substance and turn it into renewable energy, demonstrating great benefits for Staffordshire’s environment and residents. Any savings on fuel costs are welcome and this is another example we are looking to get the best value for money for our residents and literally drive down waste.
“This is a great working partnership with Living Fuels which we hope as many people as possible take advantage of and help generate even more renewable energy for our county.”

Living Fuels’ Operations Director, Rob Murphy, continued: “We are delighted to be able to work with Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Councils, to help them provide residents with a truly green solution for getting rid of their waste vegetable oil.”