Recycle your used cooking oil during National Chip Week

Used cooking oil taken to Nottinghamshire Recycling Centres is collected by Living Fuels who then use it as a valuable resource to create ‘green’ electricity. Not only does used cooking oil create power, it also helps to reduce the UK’s reliance on fossil fuels. If used cooking oil is poured down the sink, it can cause blockages and be harmful to the environment by polluting water courses. It can also cost you money as each litre of used cooking oil tipped down the drain costs you 14 pence through water utility bills.

So start to get in the habit of recycling your used cooking oil at one of Nottinghamshire’s 13 Recycling Centres. 
Just one litre of used cooking oil can create enough ‘green’ energy to make 240 cups of tea whilst one full recycling centre tank provides enough to power a home for an entire year! In 2014 Nottinghamshire residents recycled 10,470 litres of used cooking oil, that’s 39,263 kWh of green electricity or enough energy to make over two and a half million cups of tea! 
Councillor Jim Creamer, chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Environment and Sustainability Committee added “Cooking oil recycling is a great initiative and has proved to be a success, more and more residents are using this service year on year but we’d really like to encourage everyone to recycle their used cooking oil. National Chip Week is a great time to remind people of all the services we offer at the Recycling Centre’s.’’

Richard Allen, Contract Logistics Manager at Veolia said:  “Unlike eating chips, we recommend members of the public recycle all year round. When used cooking oil is poured down the sink, it causes blockages in pipes and drains which can be difficult and costly to clean. It is more sustainable to wait until your cooking oil is cool enough and then decant into a bottle or jar. When you’re next visiting the Recycling Centre, you can recycle the oil and the empty container.”

Once the used cooking oil is collected from the Nottinghamshire sites, it is taken to UK based eco-firm Living Fuels’ state-of-the-art recovery facility, where it is turned 100% naturally into a clean, green bioliquid, LF100. This bioliquid is then used in Living Fuels’ renewable energy facilities to provide carbon neutral electricity to the National Grid at times of unexpected power demand.