Wakefield waste into wattage


Residents of Wakefield are being urged to recycle their used cooking oil into renewable energy for the National Grid.

Currently water companies spend around £15 million each year on clearing pipework clogged by waste cooking oil disposed of down drains.

However, in a new scheme implemented by Shanks Waste Management Ltd who are working in partnership with Wakefield Council under a newly established 25 year waste management contract, residents can now dispose of their used vegetable oil at each of the District’s seven householdwaste recycling centres, for recovery into carbon neutral electricity.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for Environment and Communities, said: “As part of our commitment to improving the local environment, our household waste recycling centres now let people recycle their used cooking oil into renewable energy. This not only reduces pollution into the environment but prevents pipes being blocked by cooking oil going down the drain. This is one of many improvements to our centres and I hope residents will use the new service.”

The company that collects the oil, Living Fuels, recover it through a natural process, using no additional heat or chemicals; into an environmentally friendly bioliquid called LF100. This bioliquid is then fed into the company’s renewable energy facility in Leeds to provide clean, green power to the National Grid at times of unexpected demand.

Living Fuels’ Operations Director, Rob Murphy, said of the scheme: “We are proud to be helping Wakefield residents to rid themselves of a sticky, messy waste and improve the city’s green credentials at the same time. By getting rid of oil in this way, residents can be confident they are making positive steps to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions and its reliance on fossil fuels.”

Mike Winterbottom, Contract Director for Shanks Wakefield PFI continued: “Living Fuels have brought a user friendly service to the Wakefield project’s sites, which will help encourage residents to recycle their used oil and provide additional opportunities for improving recycling rates within the District helping to offset the UK’s reliance on high carbon fuels.”

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