Used cooking oil from more than 900 JD Wetherspoon pub kitchens is to be recycled as part of the chain’s sustainable supply chain policy.
The group has signed a contract with recycling specialist Brocklesby, which will see the oil collected and recycled at its plant in East Yorkshire.
Delivery vehicles brining ambient, fresh and frozen produce to Wetherspoon’s 934 sites will pick up the cooking oil and take it to a central location, where it will be collected for recycling by Brockleby’s using its own fleet of articulated tankers.
The used cooking oil from JD Wetherspoon’s pubs will be processed into a ‘refined’ oil at Brocklesby’s national treatment centre in North Cave, before being used as prime stock for the UK’s biodiesel industry as well as other technical applications.
Brocklesby owner, Rob Brocklesby, said: “We are immensely proud to be working alongside J D Wetherspoon and its logistics partner to support their commitment to sustainability and demonstrate our environmental engineering capabilities through our uniquely designed plant and process.
“Increasing recycling and lowering carbon footprint whilst reducing costs are a priority for forward thinking organisations and we are working with leading businesses in the hospitality and catering industries, food manufacturing and food retail industries to help them achieve their environmental goals.”
Producing energy from sustainable or renewable sources can help limit climate change and oil is a valuable resource which can be put to good environmental use in this way. Oil that is not recovered appropriately can cause major problems – from polluting water to blocking sewers and causing flooding if not disposed of carefully.
Brocklesby works closely with a number of major UK retailers, processing their used cooking oil into products primarily for use in the biofuels industry.