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City's chip fat bus running dry

The Chipper Bus
People can take their used cooking oil to Bristol's waste recycling centre

A bus in Bristol that is powered by bio-diesel fuel made from waste cooking oil is running dry and cooks are being asked to come to the rescue.

Bus owners First have appealed for people to donate used oil to keep the bus, nicknamed "Chipper", on the road.

The eco-friendly experiment started six months ago when the firm spent about £1,000 to convert a normal bus.

Running costs for the bus are the same as diesel and the firm said it would collect oil from businesses.

Karen Baxter, from First, said: "It's run on 100% bio-diesel made from waste cooking oil - normal vegetable oil that you might fry chips in or roast potatoes this Christmas.

"You can't throw that oil down the plug hole anyway and businesses can't throw it away. It has to be recycled.

"We will collect it from businesses and individuals can take it to either of the city's recycling sites."

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