Turning waste into fuel

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Transport Spokesperson, was briefed on the innovative work of Uptown Oil when she visited the Southwark company earlier this week with the London Assembly Transport Committee.

The company collects used vegetable oil from London restaurants and processes it into 100% recycled biodiesel at its premises on King James Street. The company is London’s only licensed biodiesel manufacturer and produces between 6,000 to 10,000 litres per week.

After touring the premises with members of the Transport Committee, Caroline said:
“This is a great Southwark company, which is making a real difference to London’s air quality. From a waste product they are creating a fuel which creates far less pollution than conventional diesel.

“The company has a licence to increase threefold its weekly production. I hope they soon reach it and make an even greater contribution to tackling London’s appalling air quality, which sees over 1,000 people die prematurely in the capital each year.”