Kilburn chippies turn cooking oil into biodiesel

Residents are being urged to join green scheme

Fried food lovers are being encouraged to help turn their cooking oil into biodiesel for cars by dropping it off at two chip shops.

Members of Transition Town Kensal to Kilburn, a Brent environmental group, have been taking their used vegetable oil to Mr Fish in Salusbury Road, Queen’s Park, and Alex Plaice, High Road, Kilburn.

The oil is then recycled and turned into fuel for vehicles.

Michael Stuart, of Christchurch Avenue, Kilburn, said: “It came from me not knowing what to do with used oil.

“It needs to be disposed of carefully or it can really harm the environment.

“I thought about how I could dispose of it and approached my local chip shops, which took it.”

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Containers are placed at the shops to take the used vegetable oils. It is then converted into biodiesel which can power cars without adding to global warming.

Mr Stuart said: “It is much better to recycle it and turn it into environmentally-friendly biodiesel than blocking up drains and sewers.”

Transition Town Kensal to Kilburn, which promotes low-carbon greener living, was set up two years ago and has more than 500 members.

The network of eco-minded people covers Kensal Green, Kensal Rise, Queen’s Park and Kilburn.

If you would like to recycle your cooking oil, drop it off between noon and 10pm at Alex Plaice, or go to Mr Fish and pour your oil into the blue barrel through the gates in Brondesbury Road from 9am-9pm.