South Yorkshire scheme: old oil a source of green power

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ENOUGH ‘green’ electricity has been produced to make more than 10 million cups of tea - thanks to a scheme to recycle cooking oil in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.

Private firm Waste Recycling Group has been working with the areas’ three councils and organisation Living Fuels to offer a free waste cooking oil recycling service, at no cost to the taxpayer, which helps rid residents of a difficult waste and at the same time save the environment.

The scheme, which began in 2008, sees used cooking oil tanks placed at 14 household waste recycling centres, for residents to deposit their used cooking oil. Once collected, oil is taken to Living Fuels’ recovery facility in Norfolk and used to generate green electricity for the National Grid at times of unexpected demand.