Norfolk prison is turning waste oil into cash for charity

PUBLISHED: 06:03 25 June 2013

Paul Rushbrook, left, and Graham Kirkup, right, who work at HMP Bure and have been involved in the oil recycling scheme. Pic: Submitted.

Paul Rushbrook, left, and Graham Kirkup, right, who work at HMP Bure and have been involved in the oil recycling scheme. Pic: Submitted.


A prison near Coltishall is helping to turn waste cooking oil into cash for a charity which helps berevaved children come to terms with their loss.

Staff at HMP Bure at Coltishall nominated Nelson’s Journey to benefit from a unconventional donation which has been raised by recycling used cooking oil.

The oil is collected by eco-firm Living Fuels, who make a donation on behalf of the prison, for each litre of oil.

Once collected the waste oil is recovered through a natural process of settling and filtration into a clean, green bioliquid which is then used in Living Fuels renewable energy facilities to provide carbon neutral electricity to the National Grid.

Over the past 12 months enough oil has been collected to help generate £511 for the charity which was set up in 1997 and tries to help youngsters come to terms with what has happened to them,

Graeme Kirkup of HMP Bure, who nominated the charity, said: “Waste management at Bure have been working with Living fuels for the last four years.

“We like the fact that no chemicals are used in the recovery process and as an added bonus we are able to support the great work being carried out by Nelson?s Journey with children through donations made on our behalf. The bio liquid helps to save the environment and also Bure to save public money.”

Nelson’s Journey provides therapeutic support to bereaved children and young people living in Norfolk, on a one to one basis and in group work helping children feel less isolated.

Sophie Berry, from Nelson’s Journey said: “We’re extremely grateful to HMP Bure and Living Fuels for their ongoing support, donations made enable us to continue support bereaved children and young people in the county.”

Rob Murphy, operations director of Living Fuels, said: “We’re delighted to be working with prisons to help benefit both Nelson’s Journey and the environment.

“by choosing to dispose of their waste oil this way, the prisons are helping to lower carbon emissions and provide clean power to the UK.”

For more information about Nelson’s Journey call 01603 431788 or log onto

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