Merseyside powers up with cooking oil recycling drive

Householders will now be able to recycle their used cooking oil which will be refined and fed back into the National Grid in a novel scheme introduced across Merseyside.

Collection tanks have been fitted at the region’s 14 household waste recycling centres where the oil can be deposited. Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) and its contractor Veolia have teamed up with Living Fuels to implement the scheme.

Living Fuels will collect the waste oil and refine it to produce a bio-liquid. This in turn will power engines to supply renewable electricity to the Grid.

Holding 1,250 litres, each tank that has been installed at the recycling centres will produce enough electricity to power one average household for an entire year. Plastic bottle containers will be provided on every site so householders can also recycle these after disposing of the oil.

Veolia’s contract manager for Merseyside and Halton, Paul Smyth, said: “We’re seeking to provide the residents of Merseyside with an environmentally safe disposal point for cooking oil.

“The scheme will stop the oil getting into drainage systems, saving the cost to us and the environment and at the same time providing a fuel to generate power.”

Maxine Perella

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