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Supply chain sustainability success as Brocklesby wins contract to recycle used cooking oil from J D Wetherspoon pubs

Brocklesby, specialists in the recycling of used cooking oil, edible fats and food that has a high fat content, will recycle used cooking oil from J D Wetherspoon’s chain of 934 pubs.

J D Wetherspoon’s sustainable supply chain agreement with its logistics partner involves numerous initiatives to reduce carbon footprint and environmental impacts. One of these measures is that when ambient, fresh and frozen produce are delivered to J D Wetherspoon establishments, the delivery vehicles take back used cooking oil to its centre for recycling. Brocklesby will collect the used cooking oil from this central location for recycling, using its own dedicated 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, based at North Cave in East Yorkshire – a 10 acre site with a bulk storage capacity of 3000 MT (metric tonnes). The oil will then be 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.

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