Wigan’s waste oil makes a great cuppa


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.