Wiltshire Air Ambulance is urging the county’s residents to recycle their used cooking oil into cash for charity.
The used cooking oil recycling campaign runs until the end of March and local company Hills Waste Solutions will be making a 25p donation to Wiltshire Air Ambulance for every litre of used cooking oil collected.
Running the Wiltshire Air Ambulance costs over £700,000 each year and this amount is set to rise to around £2.5 million by the end of 2014. Currently the Wiltshire Air Ambulance is totally funded by the people of Wiltshire and receives no financial support from central government or the National Lottery.
Caroline Corrigan of Wiltshire Air Ambulance said: “We operate the only air ambulance in the UK with the ability to fly and land at night, and we can be anywhere in the county within 11 minutes of call out. To give you an idea of what that means to the patient – the ‘golden hour’ is a phase used to describe the hour after an incident has taken place. It is imperative that the patient receives medical attention within that hour to prevent live changing injuries or, in some cases, death. Last year we attended over 650 incidents which ranged from road traffic collisions to heart attacks, strokes, work and sporting injuries and severe burns.”
Cliff Carter, recycling manager for Hills Waste Solutions, said: “Recycling used cooking oil is a really simple way for people to make a donation to a worthwhile charity. Not only will it help to save lives but it looks after the environment too. Every one of us could potentially need the services of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and it is important to ensure that the helicopter keeps flying.”
All oil collected throughout the campaign will be recovered by Living Fuels through a totally natural process into carbon neutral electricity that powers UK homes and businesses. Just one litre of used cooking oil can provide enough power to make 240 cups of tea.
Collection points for used cooking oil are located at the 11 household recycling centres operated by Hills Waste Solutions across Wiltshire. Find details here: www.hills-waste.co.uk/waste-to-resource/household-recycling-centres
Photo shows l-r: Katie Moneycurl, former Air Ambulance patient; Caroline Corrigan, Wiltshire Air Ambulance; Cliff Carter, Hills Waste Solutions Recycling Manager