Recycle oil to power homes and business
FAMILIES are being encouraged to recycle their leftover cooking oil so it can be turned into electricity for homes and businesses in Staffordshire.
The waste recycling scheme is run by Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council in partnership with eco-firm Living Fuels.
Tanks have been placed at 13 of the county's household waste centres, so residents can dispose of their used cooking oil. Just one full tank can provide enough electricity to power the average home for a year.
When collected, the oil is turned into a bio-liquid to help power homes.
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Since the scheme was launched in October 2008, enough renewable energy has been 'recovered' to make 11.5 million cups of tea.
Councillor Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council's cabinet member for the environment and assets, said: "This innovative scheme is another way in which we can take a waste substance and turn it into renewable energy, demonstrating 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."
When poured down drains, used cooking oil costs UK water companies an estimated £15 million a year on blockages and can also attract vermin.