New Year, new loo?


Whether you stayed at home for a night in, or went out and partied like it was, uh, 2014, Living Fuels wishes you a happy, healthy and green New Year.

Now, we don’t want to start the new year on a preachy note, however, on coming back to the office we saw this news story by the BBC ( about how Derby residents are suffering from a spate of ‘fatbergs’ (large masses of congealed waste cooking oil and other matter) being found in pipes and causing damage throughout the area. In light of this, we thought we’d just remind everyone out there, not just Derby residents, that pouring used cooking oil down the sink is a really bad idea – and don’t get us started on the cutlery.

An average of £15 million is spent each year clearing drain and pipe blockages around the country which, if left, could see your waste – including raw sewage – back up into your homes. We’re pretty sure that no one wants to invest in a new bathroom because they felt a bit too tired to decant their waste oil into a bottle after dinner, do they? Imagine what the water companies could do with that extra money each year, too. New advancements in water treatment could be made, more pipes could be laid, more energy could go into flood prevention, the possibilities are endless. At the very least, you’ll save yourself a few pence each year.

So why is pouring oil down a drain so bad? Once hot oil has been tipped away it cools and solidifies onto the sides of pipes. Of course, we all know that cooking oil is a sticky substance, so all of the other bits and bobs that are dropped down the sink – spare peas and meat rinds for instance – will stick to the oil and cause a huge blockage that will cement as hard as concrete. When it’s grown to a large size, the mass will be so disgusting and hard to deal with that it has to be chiselled away manually, a long and timely job.

Instead of tipping your waste cooking oil down the sink we can recycle your oil into turn it into energy. By dropping your oil off into one of Living Fuels’ specially made tanks at your local household waste and recycling centre you can be safe in the knowledge that the oil will be recovered completely naturally into an environmentally friendly bioliquid, LF100, which is then fed into our combined heat and power (CHP) units and used to pump clean, green electricity straight into the National Grid. Any excess heat that we produce is used too, to heat places like recycling plants and a passenger terminal at the Port of Dover. It’s a pretty good idea to transform your waste into power for your television, don’t you think?

If you’re not sure where your local recycling point is pop your postcode into our handy searchbar on our homepage and it’ll show you all of your closest points.

We’re hoping you can see why it’s so important that your used cooking oil is saved from the sink each year. So start 2014 armed with this knowledge and spread the word. You’ll be helping to save the world and stopping yourself having to shell out for a new carpet, once the sewers back up.