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Less red tape for waste vegetable oil used for biodiesel

To make processing waste vegetable oil into biodiesel easier a Quality Protocol consultation has been launched by the Environment Agency (EA) and the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The protocol aims to cut regulatory red-tape on biodiesel made from waste vegetable oil, which will also encourage industry to use the waste as a resource. EA head of external programmes Martin Brocklehurst said: "Biodiesel derived from waste vegetable oil is carbon-neutral; it reduces waste and improves resource efficiency. "We have worked with the biodiesel industry to develop a Quality Protocol for waste vegetable oil, which will save businesses the time and costs associated with meeting waste regulations. "In deregulating biodiesel made from waste vegetable oil, the product can better compete with biodiesel derived from virgin oil. This will also increase the volume of waste vegetable oil recovered from places like take-aways, restaurants, chip shops and food manufacturing sites. It should also reduce the amount disposed to sewer with all the benefits that will bring to the water industry. "We are now launching a 12-week consultation and invite wider industry, trade bodies and the public to respond to this consultation." He added: "Despite approximately 100,000 tonnes of waste vegetable oil being collected from the catering and food industries each year, a considerable amount still goes uncollected and often ends up being poured down the drain. But a Quality Protocol should help stimulate the biodiesel industry to access this resource by providing assurances that waste vegetable oil and virgin oil can produce biodiesel of virtually the same quality." By 2008/09, at least 2.5% of fuel consumed in the UK must be biofuel, rising to 5% in 2010/11. For more information visit

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