When it comes to leftover cooking oil, the first method of disposal that comes to the minds of many is to pour it all down a kitchen sink, but this is one of the worst things you can do. Not only can it block your drains, but it can also have detrimental effects on the entire drainage system that serves your area. This is because the grease and oil will eventually combine with everything else in the sewage system that shouldn’t be there, such as wet wipes. When bound together, it can create huge masses of heavy, dense, oily waste, also known as ‘fatbergs’, that can only be removed manually and it can be a hugely expensive and time-consuming task.
According to Cater Oils:
When dealing with waste oil in the home, you should pour it into a container and store appropriately until it can be thrown away with general household waste. However, there are a few things you should do beforehand:
- Make sure the oil is cool enough to pour into a container
- Opt for disposable containers, such as takeaway boxes, plastic bottle or juice cartons
- Once it’s been poured into the container, seal it appropriately to prevent leaks
- You can now add this to your general waste bin
If you know anyone who owns a restaurant, or know of any that are willing to take any leftover oil you might have, take it there. They’ll likely tip this in with their own waste oil ready for collection by companies such as Cater Oils.
You’ll also be able to throw your used oil on your compost heap, if you have one, but only if you’re using vegetable oil. This is because this oil is made from a number of different things, including:
Cater Oils collects waste cooking oil – both Used Vegetable Oils & Animal Fats – from caterers, they refine it into high quality biodiesel, which is then supplied to local organisations in London & the South East of England.
Unblocking the Community
Cater Oils also helps households to collect and recycle their used cooking oils and fats.
Unblocking the Community is a community-led campaign relying on volunteers to organise collection points. If you think that your area needs a collection point you can set up your own cooking oil collection point in your community.
Cater Oils will supply barrels and all the necessary leaflets and posters to advertise your campaign.
For more information visit: https://www.cateroils.co.uk/ or call: 01753 307302
Check to see if there is already a collection point near you: unblocking-the-community