Residents are being urged to recycle their used cooking oil at the Dudley household waste recycling centre, for use in renewable electricity generation.
Currently an average of £15 million each year is spent clearing ‘fatbergs’ from our sewers thanks to incorrect disposal of cooking oil down drains. When sent to landfill, it fares no better, often leaking into rivers and lakes and harming wildlife.
However, in a scheme implemented by Dudley Borough Council, all cooking oil recycled at the Stourbridge household waste recycling centre is collected by eco-firm, Living Fuels and recovered into an environmentally friendly bioliquid. This bioliquid is then used in the company’s renewable energy facilities to create carbon neutral electricity for the National Grid.
Just one litre of used cooking oil can provide energy to make 240 cups of tea, and one full collection tank can power the average home for a year.
Councillor Tracy Wood, Cabinet Member for Environment and Culture said of the scheme: “We are committed to protecting the environment in Dudley and our recycling work takes place in many different ways. Recycling cooking oil to create electricity is an excellent initiative that we are proud of and we would encourage our residents to continue to make the most of the scheme.”
Dudley residents have so far collected enough waste oil to produce over half a million cups of tea.
Rob Murphy, Living Fuels’ Operations Director continued: “We are really impressed with how much oil residents have raised so far. Diverting waste oil from drains not only stops sink blockages, it also helps to lower the UK’s reliance on fossil fuel derived electricity.”