South Norfolk District Councillor Lee Hornby and Rachel Dyson, Anglian Water's Fats, Oils and Grease Programme Manager, with one of the new used cooking oil recycling banks in Wymondham, Norfolk.

Anglian Water has been working on a pioneering scheme to help make it easier for residents to recycle used cooking fats, oils and grease.

South Norfolk Council has became one of the first in the country to install convenient used cooking oil collection banks at unmanned sites across the district.  

In the first six months, nearly 2000 litres of used cooking oil has been collected in the banks at five sites across South Norfolk - and the scheme is such a success another three have just been installed.  

The banks, which collect vegetable and cooking oil, lard, roasting fats, BBQ fats, grill fats, margarine and butter, are easy to use.  Residents are advised to wait until used cooking oil and other fats have cooled then place in a sealed glass or plastic bottle. The entire bottle is then placed into the recycling banks - there is no need to empty the contents of the bottles.  

Both the oil and the bottle are recycled.  

The used cooking oil banks are provided by Bensons Products Ltd which takes the oil and recycles it into biodiesel. South Norfolk Council is working in partnership with Anglian Water to promote the scheme. The water company deals with 35,000 blockages a year with more than half caused by items like used fats, oils and grease.  

Rachel Dyson, Anglian Water's Programme manager for fats, oils, grease and unflushables, said: "Anglian Water welcomes this initiative by Bensons and South Norfolk Council.  It makes it easier for householders to recycle used cooking oil with the banks installed at convenient local sites.  

“Fats, oils and grease should never be poured down sinks and drains. They stick to the walls of our sewers and are a major cause of blockages, bad smells and even sewer flooding and pollution.”  

The distinctive red used cooking oil banks are located in Diss, Harleston, Long Stratton, Poringland, Wymondham, Ditchingham and Cringleford/Norwich.