Her Majesty’s Prison services in the Eastern region of England have been doing their bit to meet the UKs Renewable Energy targetand help those in need recently, thanks to a partnership with a pioneering waste cooking oil recycling company.
HMPs in the Eastern Region, and HMP Bure in particular have been collecting their used cooking oil (UCO) for over a year now. Used Cooking Oil is traditionally a very difficult waste to deal with, causing damage to watercourses and wildlife if not disposed of or recycled properly. The partner in this scheme is Living Fuels, who provide specially designed storage tanks for the prisons, collect the Used Cooking Oil and recover it into a clean, green biofuel called LF100. This highly sustainable biofuel is in turn used within their East Anglian based power facilities to produce Renewable Electricity and Heat for homes and businesses within the region. The Used Cooking Oil collections over the last year have allowed Living Fuels to make a donation to a Norfolk charity Nelson’s Journey. Based in Norwich, Nelson’s Journey operates county wide working directly with bereaved children from 0 – under 18 years; assessing their needs, taking them on therapeutic camps and supporting them in one to one sessions. The charity is currently raising funds to build an eco-friendly home for their work, called ‘Smiles House’ where they hope to expand their services whilst reducing their carbon footprint.
Last week Living Fuels handed over their first cheque to the charity. Rob Murphy, Operations Director at Living Fuels said, “We are very happy to be able to make this donation to Nelson’s Journey and hope to continue supporting the charity by building our relationship with Her Majesties Prisons across the whole Eastern region. We are committed to expanding our service to prisons right across the UK and work with HMP to support other local charities in years to come.”
Graeme Kirkup, of HMP Bure stated, â€œThe Waste Management Unit at HMP Bure are pleased to work with an environmentally friendly company such as Living Fuels Ltd which are able to support a local charity such as Nelsons Journey".
For more information on Nelson’s Journey, please visit www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk
For information on Living Fuels and how you can recycle waste oil, please visit www.livingfuels.co.uk