Wiltshire residents have generated sufficient clean, green energy to make almost 2 million cups of tea by recycling their used cooking oil.
Figures for 2011 show that 8,020 litres of used cooking oil was collected at the county’s household recycling centres (HRCs) operated by Hills Waste Solutions. That amount was sufficient to generate 30,075 KWh of green electricity.
Cliff Carter, recycling manager Hills Waste Solutions, said: “The carbon neutral electricity generated by recycling used cooking oil is helping to achieve renewable energy targets and slow climate change. Recycling this oil makes good use of what was previously a waste material.”
Living Fuels, who are contracted by Hills to collect the oil from its HRCs, uses a patented recovery process to produce a sustainable bioliquid called LF100. It is this bioliquid which is used in combined heat and power facilities to generate green electricity.
Toby Sturgis, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for waste and recycling, said: “The council’s 11 household recycling centres are a key part of Wiltshire’s very successful drive to turn waste into resources and reduce the amount sent to landfill.
“They are helping considerably with our plans to recycle 50 percent of household waste and reduce landfill to less than 25 percent by 2014. The new collection services will enable residents to recycle more at the kerbside, and we will be working with Hills to extend the range of materials that residents can recycle at the household recycling centres.
“Cooking oil is one of our more recent successes, along with household batteries, and we will seek more new opportunities in the future.”
To find your nearest household recycling centres and opening times visit www.recycleforwiltshire.com To find out more about the oil recycling process, visit www.livingfuels.co.uk
lunaMarlborough’s independent ladies fashion boutique Luna is defying the economic downturn and the slew of recent shop closures to open a second Wiltshire store in Hungerford.
Owner Carrie Mainwaring, who opened her first shop on King’s Street in Marlborough in mid-November, has been delighted with the response from locals and is excited about the new Hungerford launch. “I really wasn’t sure how Luna would be received in Marlborough but I recognised that there was a gap in the market for an independent, mid-range fashion and accessories store. Although I have a keen interest in fashion this was my first foray into retailing and let’s face it a lot of people would say it wasn’t a great time economically to take the risk of starting up a new venture. However I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received, both from customers and from other shop owners in the town and I’m hoping the Hungerford store will be as equally well received.”
“I want Luna to be somewhere that offers a fun retail experience with items that won’t break the bank but are stylish, seasonal and maybe slightly more ‘edgy’ to wear.” continues Carrie. “Most of the pieces are around the £25 to £50 price mark although we do have a couple of more luxury items such as a gillet which is £180. The handbags have proved to be really popular in the Marlborough store so it will be interesting to see what takes off in the Hungerford shop.”
The Luna Hungerford Store, at 115 High Street, opened on Saturday, March 17 - and customers were invited to enjoy a glass of bubbly while they looked around.
Luna opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 4pm