REG Bio-Power, a green energy and biofuels company, have opened a new plant in Norfolk designed to process waste vegetable oils.
The company collects from almost 300 local authority recycling centres as well as commercial sites to make a biofuel called LF100, completely free from chemicals, additives and reagents.
Ian Collins, managing director of REG Bio-Power said: “The last four years has seen us process almost a million litres of waste vegetable oil. With this new facility, along with an 18,000 litre tanker for collecting the oil, we can process 20 million litres a year which could produce enough energy for 20,000 homes per year.”
In the UK, it is estimated that over ¼ million tonnes of waste vegetable oil is produced every year with half going down the drain. Water companies spend more than £15 million per year cleaning up fats, oils and grease in sewers.