Kirklees residents have been praised by eco-firm Living Fuels this week, for helping to generate enough carbon neutral electricity in 2012 to make around half a million cups of tea, all by recycling their used cooking oil.
Waste cooking oil is traditionally a difficult waste to dispose of, with a recent poll of homeowners admitting that pouring it down the drain is their preferred method of disposal. Not only does getting rid of used oil in this way cause damage to wildlife and watercourses, it also costs UK taxpayers an average of £15 million each year in bills for blocked drains – equating to about fourteen pence worth of damage for each litre of cooking oil poured down the drain.
However a used cooking oil recycling scheme implemented by Kirklees Council and partner SITA UK, sees recycling tanks placed at four of Kirklees’ five household waste recycling centres for residents to deposit their used cooking oil. Once collected, the oil is naturally recovered into renewable electricity for UK homes and businesses.
Rob Murphy, Operations Director of Living Fuels, the eco-firm who deal with the recovery of the used cooking oil said of the scheme: “We are delighted the residents of Kirklees have shown such a pro-active attitude to used cooking oil recycling. Thanks to their efforts we are helping to reduce climate change and bring about a more sustainable future for all.”
Councillor David Sheard said: “Despite the massive cuts imposed on the council by central government we are still committed to making Kirklees a cleaner, greener place for people to live, work and visit. These facilities now give our residents more choice in the types of material that can be recycled locally, whilst at the same time helping to generate energy, reducing carbon emissions and saving tax payers money”
Just one litre of used cooking oil can produce enough green electricity to power an energy saving light bulb for 225 hours, run a plasma TV for 50 hours or a DVD player for 440 hours.
Julie Craigie, Regional Manager at SITA UK said, “This is an excellent example of how we’re helping local residents to do more with their waste. In fact we’re now recycling 73% of all the waste that’s delivered to our Household Waste Recycling Centres, meaning less than ever before goes to landfill.”
For details about your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre, visit www.kirklees.gov.uk