Thirty years after bottle banks first appeared in Britain, Living Fuels is set to introduce neighbourhood oil banks to enable householders to deposit used vegetable cooking oil safely and free of charge.
Living Fuels, based near Thetford in Norfolk, already recycles used cooking oils from local authorities, caterers and restaurant chains to produce biofuel used in the generation of electricity for businesses and homes.
The service is being introduced throughout Norfolk on behalf of Norfolk County Council. Eighteen bright yellow containers will be positioned around the county, and will be collected and emptied on a regular basis.
Each of these oil banks can take 1400 litres, and we will empty them as often as required.
We are happy to provide the service because used cooking oil is our raw material. It is shocking that a form of oil capable of producing substantial quantities of clean electricity can be thrown away.
Use of reprocessed cooking oil in electricity generation reduces carbon emissions, and this initiative means that everyone can play a part in building Britain’s renewable energy capacity.