With another Bank Holiday at the end of the month (Monday 25 May), residents in Harrow can take full advantage of the chance to spring clean their kitchens and get rid of any old cooking oil which has been accumulating.
Thanks to a partnership with UK renewable company Living Fuels, the Waste, Reuse and Recycling Centre at Forward Road now accepts used cooking oil for recycling.
Rob Murphy, operations director at Living Fuels, says:
“All the used cooking oil we collect is taken back to our site in East Anglia and processed into a clean, green fuel – LF100 – which can be used to generate electricity.It is not a biodiesel because we do not add any chemicals or additives in the process.
“If used cooking oil is poured down the sink then it will block drains and damage sewerage systems – leading to expensive bills from your plumber and water company.It can also harm the local environment.
“But, just one litre of used cooking oil – when processed into LF100 – can generate enough electricity to make 240 cups of tea, run an A-rated dishwasher for three hours or power an energy saving light bulb for 225 hours.”
Residents in Harrow have already collected 720 litres of used cooking oil – over just eight months.This is almost enough to power the average home for a year.
The Forward Road site in Harrow will be open from 8.30am to 4.30pm over the Bank Holiday weekend and further information can be found at www.harrow.gov.uk.