‘Think before you pour oil down the sink’

Young eco warriors taking cooking oil to a recycling centre for it be used to create green electricity
Young eco warriors taking cooking oil to a recycling centre for it be used to create green electricity
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Is yours one of the quarter of households pouring waste cooking oil down the sink?

Householders are being warned not to think they would avoid the bill or hassle should a drain on their premises become blocked.

And they are being encouraged to go with the alternative - taking waste cooking oil to a recycling centre to be turned into green electricity.

A YouGov poll has found 63 per cent of adults in Blackpool think a water company would pick up the bill, but in actual fact if a drain is blocked within your house boundary you will foot the bill.

And 27 per cent of people admit to disposing of waste cooking oil, an action known by most to be the main cause of costly drain blockages.

But 57 per cent of people say they would take their waste cooking oil to their local household waste recycling centre (HWRC) if only they knew where it was.

Now people are being encouraged to find their nearest waste cooking oil recycling facility - with one accessible for Fylde coast residents in Southport.

Ian Collins, managing director of Living Fuels, which operates 500 waste cooking oil collection tanks located at recycling centres throughout the UK, said: “We will not rest until every British householder appreciates their old cooking oil is a precious resource, knows where to recycle it and adopts the ‘stop and think, not down the sink’ habit.

“Not only will they avoid costly drain blockage repairs but they’ll also be doing their bit to build a sustainable source of energy.

“The waste cooking oil we collect goes into combined heat and power (CHP) which, according to the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC), is the most carbon-efficient way to extract 
its energy.

“The patented Living Fuels process uses neither harmful chemicals nor intensive heat processes to produce this green electricity.”

The average household throws away a tea cup of waste cooking oil every month when this valuable resource could be recycled into clean electricity.

One cup, or 150ml, of waste cooking oil provides enough electrical power to make 36 cups of tea.

Find waste cooking oil recycling facilities at: www.livingfuels.co.uk.

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