Cambridgeshire latest to launch collection service with living fuels


Cambridgeshire is the latest county council to launch a used cooking oil collection scheme for the benefit of all householders.

Councillor Sir Peter Brown cut the green ribbon to ‘open’ a 1000-litre Living Fuels collection bank at Bluntisham Recycling Centre near Huntingdon. He was joined by Living Fuels Operations Manager Gordon Gardner in pouring first supplies of used oil into the bank, and a member of the public with three bottles of used oil was hard on their heels.

Similar collection banks at nine other Cambridgeshire recycling centres came into use at the same time.

The scheme is a partnership between Cambridgeshire County Council, Living Fuels, Donarbon Waste Management and Anglian Water.

Sir Peter is Lead Member for Economy, Environment and Climate Change at Cambridgeshire County Council.

“We are excited to be working with Living Fuels, Donarbon and Anglian Water on this important project,” he said. “We are always looking for innovative ways to recycle Cambridgeshire’s waste, and we know that residents and the environment will benefit from this convenient service.”

Living Fuels is happy to be working with the county council to offer this exciting new service to Cambridgeshire residents.

Throwing away used cooking oil is a problem for two reasons – it clogs up drains and sewers, and it contains unused energy which we cannot afford to waste. This initiative solves both problems at a stroke.

Collette Nicholls of Anglian Water said: “We are delighted that Cambridgeshire County Council has taken this move. We applaud initiatives which help stop any food waste going down the sink, and we hope that our customers in Cambridgeshire will take up this opportunity to recycle their waste cooking oil.”

The 10 used cooking oil collection banks in Cambridgeshire add to the 36 already installed by Living Fuels at county council recycling centres in Norfolk and Suffolk. Living Fuels collects the used oil at no cost.