Wiganís waste oil makes a great cuppa!

16 Sep 2013 14:03

Residents are being reminded to stop pouring used cooking oil down the sink and instead recycle it at their local household waste and recycling centre, for recovery into clean, green energy.

Thanks to a scheme implemented by Wigan Council, in partnership with FCC Environment, residents can recycle their oil at the Chanters, Kirkless and Slag Lane household waste and recycling centres. Once collected, the oil is recovered at eco-firm Living Fuels’ recovery facility, through a fully natural settling and filtration process into an environmentally friendly bioliquid, LF100.  This bioliquid is then used in the company’s renewable energy facilities to power the National Grid at times of unexpected power demand.

Mike Snell, FCC Environment’s Head of External Affairs, said of the scheme: “As a leading operator of household waste recycling centres in the UK, providing effective recycling solutions to the public through their local authorities, we’re always keen to extend the range of materials that can be productively and economically recycled.

“This is a really important initiative that brings significant sustainability benefits, firstly through the avoidance of potential environmental damage and secondly by the generation of valuable renewable energy.”

According to the firm that collect the town’s oil, Living Fuels, Wigan residents have recycled enough used cooking oil to brew almost half a million cups of tea since the initiative was launched one year ago

Councillor Kevin Anderson, Cabinet Member for Environment at Wigan Council, said: “It never fails to me amaze me just how many materials can be recycled and put to good use.  I hope that residents will make use of their local facilities and do their bit for the environment, I certainly will!”

Rob Murphy, Living Fuels’ Operations Director, said of the scheme, “It’s great to see that residents are really looking to help reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels through innovative measures like used cooking oil recycling.  We’re hoping to see even more residents taking to the scheme in the next year and recovering even more waste cooking oil into electricity.”

Wigan has more than tripled its recycling rate from 12% to 48.5% in the last 10 years.


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Notes for Editors:

  • Used cooking oil when used in a CHP unit is proven to provide ‘the highest absolute savings in GHG emissions’ (the DECC funded North Energy Report). Living Fuels clean, green renewable electricity from our patented bioliquid LF100, feeds 8MW of electricity into the National Grid as part of its STOR contract.  Twitter: @LivingFuels
  • FCC Environment manage Wigan’s household waste recycling centres on behalf of the local authority.  The Company is a leading UK waste and resource management company, and is part of a global group with a strong heritage in providing services for communities and business.  The Company’s services include: municipal services, business waste solutions, recycling, green energy, waste processing and disposal.  FCC Environment employs 2,400 people and operates more than 200 facilities across England, Scotland and Wales.; Twitter: @FCC_Environment

For further information, please contact:

Living Fuels: Penny Reeve, 0115 852 4323.,


FCC Environment: Lauren Massey at Pelican PR, 01457 820807.

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