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Prison’s Chips Help Local Kids

09
Aug
2012

HMP Bullwood Hall is taking its dedication to the environment very seriously, with a whole host of new ideas to help reduce their carbon dependency. However one scheme will not only focus on saving the environment, but will benefit a local children’s charity as well.

The scheme sees used cooking oil collected from the prison and turned into green electricity to power UK homes and businesses.

Each litre of waste oil collected by HMP Bullwood Hall contributes to a yearly amassed total of oil collected by prisons in the Eastern region. A monetary donation based on the final total is given to a local charity. Last year the charity chosen was Norfolk based Nelson’s Journey, which works alongside children suffering from bereavement.

In addition, the prison has vowed to incorporate the wider community by asking local schools to donate their used cooking oil, too. Working in partnership with local schools helps to educate students on the benefits of recycling and the importance of finding alternative energy sources than fossil fuels.

John Wilkinson, Estates Manager at HMP Bullwood Hall, said of the scheme; “Our establishment takes great pride in bio-diversity matters and in our responsibility to protect the environment. As such, by engaging with Living Fuels to turn our used cooking oil into green electricity we are ensuring an excellent end result for this difficult waste. ”

Once the used cooking oil is collected from the prison, it is taken to Living Fuels’ state-of-the-art recovery facility where it is recovered 100% naturally into a clean, green bioliquid. This bioliquid is then used in Living Fuels’ renewable energy facilities to provide carbon neutral electricity to the National Grid at times of unexpected power demand.

Rob Murphy, Operations Director of Living Fuels, said; “We are delighted to be working with HMP Bullwood hall, and the Eastern Region prisons as a whole, not only reduce their carbon footprint but to give back to the community. Last year we were able to donate a good sum to Nelson’s Journey and this year we’re set to give even more.”