Recycled cooking oil

MQT on 2008-11-12
Session date: 
November 12, 2008
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given that each year thousands of tonnes of used oil is poured down the drain or placed in refuse bins, resulting in serious contamination and a costly clean-up process in sewers and at licensed waste sites, is the Mayor aware of the free service now available to London residents that provides for the safe and environmentally acceptable collection and purification of used cooking oil from re-use and recycling centres? This project provides specially-designed collection tanks at public recycling centres at no charge and oil collected through this scheme is subsequently re-used for the generation of carbon-free electricity for business and domestic use. Will the Mayor give his support to this project which has so far been adopted by 17 London boroughs? What will he do to promote the scheme and ensure such a service is available to all Londoners in every borough?


Answer for Recycled cooking oil

Answer for Recycled cooking oil

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I believe there is a massive environmental and economic opportunity to convert a whole range of so called waste products into fuel and materials that have genuine economic value. The scheme you have mentioned is one example of this and we are very supportive of these kinds of initiatives. This scheme, as with all Borough recycling schemes, will be promoted on the Recycle for London website. As you know we are also looking at how we can make best use of the London Waste and Recycling Board's £84 million to promote these and other similar schemes.