As part of National Chip Week (17th – 23rd February), Veolia Environmental Services (Nottinghamshire’s waste management contractor) are reminding Nottinghamshire residents that used cooking oil can be recycled at any of the Recycling Centres across Nottinghamshire and used to create ‘green’ electricity.
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 2013 Nottinghamshire residents recycled 4,250 litres of used cooking oil. That’s 15,938 kWh of green electricity or enough energy to make over one million cups of tea.
As an added tasty treat, if residents take their used cooking oil to their local Recycling centre during National Chip week, they will be in with a chance of winning a Fish & Chip supper from George’s Tradition Fish & Chip shop. To enter just ask a member of staff at your local site for a prize draw entry form.
Councillor John Wilkinson, vice-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 at the Recycling Centres. More and more residents are using this service year on year but we’d really like to encourage even more people to recycle their used cooking oil so that we can make an even bigger difference’’
Kevin Parker, Regional Communications manager for Veolia Environmental Services said: “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 100per cent 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.