Coverage of this story appeared in the Kentish Express , March 2010.
Keen recyclers of used cooking oil in Kent can give themselves a firm pat on the back after helping the county to collect over 18 tonnes of oil over the scheme was launched last year.
The used cooking oil , enough to fill over 90 bathtubs, is collected and refined by Living Fuels and used to produce an environmentally friendly fuel called LF100. The biofuel is then used to generate electricity.
“We’re absolutely delighted by the success of the scheme in Kent” said Daniel Gillert of Living Fuels. People here have really taken this new method of recycling in their stride and as a result have made Kent the top county for recycling used cooking oil in the country.
What’s more, the 18,000 litres of used cooking oil collected in Kent will go towards powering a dedicated generator at the Port of Dover, providing a large proportion of the port’s annual heat and power from a truly green source."
“Over the next 12 months, we hope to double the volume of UCO collected in Kent” continued Daniel, “and, if every resident recycles just half a litre of their used cooking oil over the course of the year then we’ll be set to smash this target.”
Used cooking oil can be recycled at the local Household Waste Recycling Centre.For more information, please visit www.kent.gov.uk .