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Shropshire powers ahead with cooking oil recycling


Shropshire Council and their waste contractor Veolia are celebrating the success of a green energy initiative which has seen 6,740 litres of used cooking oil collected from Household Recycling Centres (HRC’s) in Shropshire in the last year alone.

To recognise this achievement Shropshire Council and Veolia have been presented with an official certificate of commendation by Living Fuels.

Cooking oil can be taken to each of Shropshire’s five HRC’s where it is collected in big green tanks. It is then collected by renewable energy provider Living Fuels and refined into an environmentally friendly bioliquid which is used in their dedicated combined heat and power generators to create green electricity. Shropshire’s waste cooking oil generated over 25,000 kWh of renewable energy and heat during 2012.

The big green tanks are clearly marked and are now in place at:
• Shrewsbury HRC (Battlefield Enterprise Park)
• Oswestry HRC (Mile Oak Industrial Estate)
• Bridgnorth HRC (Barnsley Lane)
• Whitchurch HRC (Waymills Civic Park)
• Craven Arms HRC (off Long Lane)

Donald Macphail, Regional Director for Veolia in the Midlands said “Just one litre of used cooking oil generates enough clean electricity to make 240 cups of tea, whilst one tonne provides enough to power the average home for an entire year. This offsets the need for fossil fuels to create electricity which reduces greenhouse gas emissions.”

Dr Larry Wolfe, Head of Waste Management at Shropshire Council added, “It’s great that local residents have responded well to this new recycling initiative. By bringing their used cooking oil to our Household Recycling Centres they are helping to reduce the amount of rubbish which ends up in landfill”.

Top tips for recycling your used cooking oil:
1. Allow the oil to cool completely before dealing with it
2. Strain it into a container such as a plastic bottle or jar with a lid
3. Don’t mix it with anything (solvents, water etc) or it won’t be recyclable
4. Once full, take your oil to a HRC (don’t make a specific trip but wait until you are visiting anyway or are in the area)
5. Hand your oil to the site attendants, who will dispose of the oil in the recycling tank

Photo Caption
Left to right: James Thompson from Shropshire Council and Angela Holmes from Veolia Environmental Services