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Generate electricity by getting rid of cooking oil

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: December 20, 2012

By GARETH BUTTERFIELD

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PEOPLE living in Staffordshire are being urged to take part in a new scheme to help generate power by recycling used cooking oil.

Staffordshire County Council says it has found an innovative way to turn cooking oil into renewable energy as part of a scheme it is running in partnership with energy firm Living Fuels.

The scheme sees tanks placed at 13 of Staffordshire’s household waste recycling centres for residents to dispose of their waste cooking oil.

Bosses say just one full tank can provide enough electricity to power the average home for a year.

When collected, the used cooking oil is taken to Living Fuels’ state-of-the-art recovery facility where it is naturally settled and recovered into a clean, green bioliquid without the need for any chemicals or heat. 
This bioliquid is then used in the company’s renewable energy facilities to produce carbon neutral electricity to power homes and businesses.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for environment and assets Mark Winnington said: “This innovative scheme is another way in which we can take a waste substance and turn it into renewable energy, demonstrating great benefits for Staffordshire’s environment and residents. Any savings on fuel costs are welcome and this is another example we are looking to get the best value for money for our residents and literally drive down waste.

“This is a great working partnership with Living Fuels which we hope as many people as possible take advantage of and help generate even more renewable energy for our county.”

Since the scheme started in October 2008, enough renewable electricity had been recovered in Staffordshire to make 11.5 million cups of tea. The recovery of used cooking oil forms part of the Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent Council’s joint waste plan, which supports new waste recovery procedures and encourages renewable energy initiatives.

When poured down drains, used cooking oil costs UK water companies an estimated £15 million per year on blockages, which can lead to water contamination and flooding.

Living Fuels’ operations director Rob Murphy said: “We are delighted to be able to work with Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent councils to help them provide residents with a truly green solution for getting rid of their waste vegetable oil.”

Participating recycling centres near to Ashbourne include Pennycroft Lane, Uttoxeter and Fowlchurch Road, Leek

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