The London School of Economics, LSE, is in the top 25 world’s best Universities, educating nearly 10,000 students. They operate seven kitchens to keep their students and staff well fed, fit and healthy. Naturally their kitchens produce waste cooking oil, and Proper Oils are pleased to provide LSE with their university cooking oil recycling service.
It was a pleasure to welcome Karen and Belinda from LSE’s catering and sustainability departments for a site tour last week. This meant we could demonstrate the recycling process for the oil and explain more about what we do here.
The LSE reps were especially interested in our exciting initiatives and values, so we explained the Proper Way to them – how we take responsibility for our business actions in a sustainable way. Meaning, amongst other actions, we take a carbon neutral and zero waste approach to everything we do, we sponsor local tree planting and we ensure we comply with the latest vehicle emission standards by using new Euro 6 lorries. Being socially responsible, we pay the London Living Wage to all employees and run an apprenticeship scheme to train our younger team members.
Proper Oils has been collecting and recycling LSE’s waste cooking oil for nearly 10 years. Our aim is to provide a top quality collection and recycling service. Further to this, we report back with the quantities of oil collected from each site every quarter, to provide information for the students. This illustrates the lifecycle of the oil once it has been used to cook their food, and how it is reused as biodiesel for road fuel.
Alice To, the LSE Catering Department’s Food Production Manager, said “Our regular collections by Proper Oils are a worthwhile sustainable approach to waste oils that can then be recycled to biodiesel”.
If you are a university or institution that could benefit from the cooking oil recycling service which Proper Oils provides, please do get in touch.