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Cooking oil to be turned into electricity in Norfolk

Cooking oil will be recycled to generate electricity in Norfolk. Norfolk County Council is offering its residents the chance to take their used cooking oil to recycling centres to be converted to biofuel. Living Fuels, a Norfolk-based renewable energy company, will collect the recycled cooking oil and take it to its waste facility in Hockwold to convert it to biofuel. The company has a generator running on biofuel created from used cooking oil to power its operations. It also plans to provide local power generation to local communities in the area. Norfolk County Council recycling centre technician Dan Jacobs said: We have installed cooking oil containers around our 18 recycling centres located throughout Norfolk. Householders will be able to recycle their cooking oil using 1600 litre yellow containers. These containers are fully sealed and have a 50cm nozzle which householders can unscrew and poor their cooking oil into. The containers will have special filters that will filter out any solids." According to the council it has been calculated that 225,000 tonnes of used cooking oil is thrown away every year in the UK. Norfolks share would be about 3,500 tonnes and if converted the resulting biofuel could generate more than 13,000 megawatt hours of electricity per year. Although most homes individually dont generate large amounts of used cooking oil, the wider environmental benefits of collecting this waste county-wide are huge, added Jacobs. We want to prevent people from pouring cooking oil down the drain or sewers which inevitably lead to blockages and odour and may also pollute watercourses.

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