It is estimated that UK households purchase over 200 million litres of cooking oil per year and on average 110,000,000 litres of this oil is poured down drains. That’s enough cooking oil to fill an incredible 44 Olympic swimming pools!
Unfortunately, disposing of oil in this way causes problems for our sewer systems. Approximately £15 million is spent annually on clearing blockages from our sewers. You may remember the ‘Fatberg’ story from earlier this year, when a bus sized lump of fat and wet wipes was removed from drains under Kingston-upon-Thames.
There are approximately 200,000 sewer blockages throughout the UK every year, of which up to 75% are caused by fats, oils and grease and approximately 1,000 homes and 5,000 gardens in the Thames region flood with sewage as a result of blockages in the sewers.
Recycle your oil into biodiesel
A much better way to dispose of cooking oil is to deposit it in one of our new recycling banks, where it will be recycled into biodiesel. Biodiesel is a replacement fuel, which is better for the environment than petrol and diesel, and produces fewer emissions.
The banks collect cooking oil in plastic bottles, so once you have finished cooking wait for the oil to cool and pour it into a plastic bottle. Once the bottle is full, screw the lid on tightly and take the bottle to one of the oil recycling banks. Place the secured bottle into the green cooking oil recycling bank and, when the bank is full, we will arrange for this to be emptied and the oil and fats within recycled into a biofuel. The used plastic bottles are recycled separately.
You will find the new oil recycling banks at the following locations: