New oil recycling banks installed in Diss, Harleston and Long Stratton

Cllr Kay Mason-Billig at the new oil recycling bank in Long Stratton.

Cllr Kay Mason-Billig at the new oil recycling bank in Long Stratton.

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Five new oil recycling banks are now in place around south Norfolk, providing the district with an additional avenue for generating carbon neutral electricity.

The bright orange containers, brought about by a partnership of South Norfolk Council, Anglian Water and Living Fuels, allow south Norfolk residents to dispose of their used cooking oils and fats.

Among the locations of the latest set of banks are Weavers Court in Diss, Bullock Fair in Harleston and the Co-operative car park in Long Stratton.

South Norfolk Councillor Kay Mason-Billig, Cabinet Member for Environment and Recycling, said: “You can’t miss our bright new banks, which are bigger and easier to empty.

“So far, we have prevented 8,200 litres of oil going down the sink.

“That’s 7.55 tonnes of cooking oil that hasn’t had to be cleaned out of the drains.

“We hope to collect and recycle even more through the new banks.”

The banks, provided by Anglian Water, are regularly emptied by Living Fuels, who subsequently refine and recycle the oil at their site in Thetford to create energy.

Materials which can be recycled include vegetable and cooking oil, lard, roasting fats, BBQ fats, grill fats, margarine and butter.

Once the oil or fat has cooled after use, people are asked to pour them into a plastic bottle and place the entire bottle into the oil recyling bank.

Residents can also recycle cooking oil by going to Norfolk County Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.