WILTSHIRE residents are being urged to help save the planet and support Wiltshire Air Ambulance at the same time by collecting their used cooking oil from the festive period and recycling it at any one of the county’s 11 household recycling centres (HRCs).

Wiltshire Council, Hills Waste Solutions and eco-firm Living Fuels, will be donating 25p per litre of fuel collected between January 2 and March 31 to the air ambulance.

Cliff Carter, recycling manager at Hills Waste Solutions, said: “Used cooking oil is like liquid gold – once processed it provides carbon neutral electricity for UK homes and businesses.

"All the people have to do is take their used cooking oil to a local HRC and pour it into the specially marked collection tanks. We’ll do the rest.”

Water companies in the UK currently spend £15million a year clearing used cooking oil from their sewers and 75 per cent of the 200,000 drain clearance call-outs every year can be attributed to used cooking oil clogging up drains and pipes.