Innovative cooking oil recycling facility launches


Residents are now able to recycle their used cooking oil at the Tower Hamlets recycling facilities at Northumberland Wharf.

The new cooking oil collection tanks have been installed by Living Fuels – part of the British group Renewable Energy Generation.

Just one litre (that’s about 1/3rd of what you’d find in your average chip pan) of used cooking oil can be converted into a new green fuel called LF100 and produce enough clean electricity to make 240 cups of tea!

The collection tanks installed at Northumberland Wharf can hold 1000 litres which will produce sufficient electricity to power one average household for a whole year.

Residents are able to dispose of their cooking oil free of charge. It will then be recycled to produce the green fuel LF100 which is powering electricity generators giving back to the National Grid.

The oil can be hazardous to wildlife if it is allowed to seep into the water table through being poured down the sink.

Councils across the country have also been told to reduce the amount of oil sent to landfill to meet stringent green targets or face fines.

Councillor Abdal Ullah, Lead member for Cleaner, Safer, Greener at Tower Hamlets, said:

“Often people don’t know what to do with cooking oil and end up tipping it down the sink which clogs up the drains and causes all sorts of problems. The new recycling scheme is a fantastic way for residents to get rid of their used cooking oil for the benefit of the environment.

“We are hoping that people take full advantage of this facility at the Northumberland Wharf Recycling and Refuse Centre and at the same time get rid of other unwanted items to be recycled.”

Living Fuels operations director, Rob Murphy, said: "We collect the oil at no cost and as often as required. All of our vehicles have been converted to run on the LF100 fuel.

“Every time another collection service is launched, it’s an opportunity to get over the message that used cooking oil causes major environmental damage when poured down the sink. It costs water companies literally millions to clear blockages caused in sewers by this build-up of oils.”

The Northumberland Wharf Recycling and Reuse Centre at Yabsley Street is open to the public from 8.00am to 8.00pm, Monday to Friday, and from 9.00am to 6.00pm at weekends.

The use of used cooking oil in electricity generation reduces carbon emissions meaning that everyone can play a part in building Britain’s renewable energy capacity.