It you’ve ever wondered how to best dispose of used cooking oil, Cheshire East Council may have found the answer.
The Authority has made a new addition to their Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) in the form of cooking oil containers.
Local residents can now take their used cooking oil and dispose of it properly. The oil will then be recycled into Bio-Fuel. This can then be used as transport fuel and in heat and power systems.
Each container has a 150-litre capacity and is fitted with a special gauge to inform staff when they are full.
The containers will be placed away from engine oil containers to prevent contamination. In the first few weeks of introducing the containers, staff from HW Martin Waste Ltd, who run Cheshire East’s HWRCs, will be on hand to advise local residents.
The company in charge of processing the cooking oil and turning it into Bio-Fuel is Convert2Green Ltd, based in Middlewich.
If the scheme is successful, larger containers will be increased and additional containers placed in HWRCs across Cheshire East.
Cheshire East Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member with responsibility for environmental services, said:
“This is a very interesting project with lots of potential. Disposing of used cooking oils can damage drainage systems if poured down the sink or create a lot of mess in bins. This alternative choice for disposal is both convenient and environmentally friendly.
“We all know the importance of finding new ways to generate energy and bio-fuels are one way this can be achieved. The fact that this is being done by a Cheshire East company puts this area at the forefront of ideas and innovation in recycling.”
Wayne Harold from H W Martin Waste Limited, added: “The new collection scheme has been introduced in direct response to customer requests. We already have a well-established and well-used collection system for old engine oil but finding a reliable outlet for cooking oil has been difficult.
“Over the course of the last few months we have been working closely with a Convert 2 Green Ltd to develop a collection system which will provide customers with disposal points for cooking oil at each HWRC.”
Frank Harrington from Convert2Green, said: “We are very excited to be working with Cheshire East Council and HW Martin on this groundbreaking waste-to-energy initiative. The bio-fuel we make from used cooking oil will create heat and power for public buildings, such as hospitals.
“This demonstrates that local residents can not only help our public services, but they can make a real contribution to the recycling of waste and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”
Cheshire East’s Household Waste Recycling Centres can be found at the following locations:
Hassell Road, Alsager
Albert Road, Bollington
Barn Road, Congleton
Pyms Lane, Crewe
Moberley Road, Knutsford
Off the A536 Macclesfield to Congleton Road (Gawsworth), Macclesfield
Croxton Lane, Middlewich
Anson Road, Poynton