Leicester: big pour gives big lesson to local children


Coverage of this project in the Leicester Mercury , March 2010.

Over 500 children at a local infant school were congratulated or their efforts in collecting and recycling over 350 litres of used cooking oil so far as part of a new school recycling project.

The pilot project is the first being trialled in the region to educate children about this new renewable energy source.The scheme was managed by Recycle for Leicester in partnership with waste management company Biffa and green energy company Living Fuels.

Daniel Gillert of Living Fuels, who is responsible for spearheading the project, said: "We’re pleased that so many children at Uplands Infant School engaged with the project and put so much effort into collecting this huge volume of used cooking oil .

“The school has set a hard act to follow for when we roll the scheme out on a wider scale across the UK. Given that half of the children have yet to bring in their collected oil, we’re expecting to see the volume increase twofold.”

The project was launched last month with a presentation and workshop with children, finishing with a ‘big pour’ at the school to gather all of the oil into a large tank on site. Local Councillor Sarah Russell turned up on the day to support the project and presented certificates to the classes for taking part.

“The students collected an average of 1 and a half litres each which over the space of a month is something they should all be very proud of” said head teacher Mark Ingham, “in fact, it’s a lesson we should all learn from. It’s shocking to think that all of this oil would have ended up in landfill or being poured down the drain. The project has been a real eye opener.”

Once the used cooking oil is collected, Living Fuels undertake an innovative process to refine the oil into a biofuel called LF100, which is then used to create electricity. To give an example, just one litre of used cooking oil provides enough power to make 240 cups of tea.

Daniel added: “On behalf of Living Fuels, I’d like to say a big thank you to all of the children, parents and teachers at Uplands for their effort and enthusiasm.”

Living Fuels now has used cooking oil collection tanks at all available household Waste Recycling Centres in Leicestershire. For more information on your nearest recycling centre, visit .