Cooking oil used to power National Grid

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RESIDENTS in East Sussex are helping to power the National Grid with used cooking oil to reduce the county’s dependence on fossil fuels.

A new recycling scheme signed up to by East Sussex County Council in partnership with Veolia Environmental Services and green energy company Living Fuels will turn used cooking oil into electricity at no cost to taxpayers. Collection banks for oil have been installed at 14 East Sussex household waste recycling sites.

The oil will be collected by Living Fuels and recovered naturally into clean, green electricity, for use during times of unexpected power demand.

Each tank holds 1,250 litres of used cooking oil, which is enough to power the average UK home for a year.

Irresponsible disposal of used oil costs the taxpayer around £15m a year nationally in drain maintenance.

Operations director for Living Fuels Rob Murphy, continued: “Now householders in East Sussex can be proud that they are playing a practical part in building Britain’s renewable energy capacity while getting rid of a difficult waste stream.” For your local used cooking oil bank, use the postcode finder at: www. livingfuels.co.uk or visit: www.veolia.co.uk/southdowns.