The latest launch of a used oil collection service at Rushden in Northamptonshire brings to 120 the number of collection tanks provided by Living Fuels for householders at civic amenity sites.
Robert Murphy, Logistics and Operations Director of Living Fuels, joined the Chairman of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Dudley Hughes, at Rushden to mark the start of the service.
Collections there and in Oundle now enable local residents to dispose of used cooking oil safely and play their part in creating renewable power for Britain.
“We are absolutely delighted to have established this partnership with East Northamptonshire Council and look forward to a bumper response from local residents,” said Robert.
“We now have collection tanks at more than 120 recycling centres run by local authorities for householders in London, the South, East Anglia and the Midlands, and we expect this to increase to 160 by Christmas.
“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.”
When deposited into the collection banks like those at Rushden and Oundle, the used cooking oil is on its way to being recycled and purified without the addition of any chemicals or supplements.
The recycled fuel – LF100 – powers electricity generators, helping to meet demand for decentralized electricity on industrial and commercial sites. This clean electricity can also be exported by users into the local distribution network for domestic use." Robert added: "The service we have set up in partnership with East Northamptonshire and other local authorities is in addition to the collections we make from food manufacturers, hotel and restaurant chains, government agencies and other sources.
“We believe it is shocking that as a nation we can allow vegetable oil, capable of producing substantial quantities of clean electricity, to be thrown away.
“The collection system now in place in East Northamptonshire and so many other places can genuinely help householders to play a practical part in building Britain’s renewable energy capacity.”
For the record, county councils so far working in partnership with Living Fuels to provide this collection service are:
Bedfordshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Buckinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Nottinghamshire.
In London the service has been established in partnership with the following boroughs:
Barking&Dagenham, Ealing, Lewisham, Barnet, Enfield, Newham, Bexley, Haringey, Redbridge, Brent, Harrow, Tower Hamlets, Bromley, Havering, Waltham Forest, Camden, Hounslow.