Vale of Glamorgan switches the kettle on
6 June 2012
Vale residents have been praised for turning their waste
cooking oil into clean, green energy.
In just one year, Vale of Glamorgan
residents produce enough energy to make 80,000 cups of tea from
recycling their used cooking oil.
One full tank of used cooking oil is enough
to power a UK home for one year, and one litre of oil can power an
energy saving lightbulb for 225 hours.
Waste oil has long been a problematic waste
to get rid of, with a recent poll of homeowners stating that their
preferred method of disposal is down the drain – a habit which
costs water companies an estimated £15 million per year.
However, thanks to a scheme cooked up by
The Vale of Glamorgan Council, in partnership with Biffa Waste
Services Limited and eco-firm Living Fuels, there is now a much
cheaper and more environmentally friendly way to get rid of old
Used cooking oil tanks were placed at the
Vale’s household waste recycling centre in Llandow last May, with
the new Barry site also able to accept oil for recycling from its
opening in September, 2011.
Once the tanks are full, Living Fuels
collect the oil and take it to their recovery facility, where they
turn it – without the use of chemicals – into a clean, green
bioliquid that is then fed into the National Grid at times of
unexpected power demand.
Marking a year of partnership and positive
recycling rates, John Davies the council’s commercial waste
manager, Penny Reeve, Living Fuels’ marketing co-ordinator and Mr
Paul Beck, Biffa’s business manager, met at the Barry site, for a
celebratory cup of tea.
John Davies said of the scheme: “Waste oil
can be a real problem for us. If it's put in residents' black bags
it can then play havoc with our refuse vehicles. My thanks to our
residents who have taken the time and effort to get rid of their
old oil responsibly and to ensure it’s recycled.”
Penny Reeve from Living Fuels said:
“It is brilliant to see that the Vale of Glamorgan residents have
taken so well to the oil recycling scheme. Their great effort is
helping to reduce the UK’s carbon dependency whilst at the same
time ridding homes of a difficult waste stream.”