Can I Pour Cooking Oil Down the Drain?

In short, no. You should never pour cooking oil, whether used or not, down the drain. This causes a wealth of problems for the sewage works and drainage systems. Not only could this affect your own home or business, but it will also affect other people in the community, including your neighbours. As well as being incredibly detrimental to those around you, it can also have consequences on the planet and climate change. But how can you get rid of cooking oil in an eco-friendly manner without resorting to pouring it down the sink? Let’s take a look.

How to get rid of cooking oil at home

You should never pour cooking oil down the drain, whether it’s been used or not. Instead of pouring it down the sink or putting it in the toilet, as some homeowners confess to doing. According to DJS Research, nearly half of adults in the UK pour oil down the sink or flush it down the loo. Instead, you should let the cooking oil cool and then wrap it up in foil and put it in the bin. Placing it into another container and putting it in the landfill is one of the better ways of getting rid of used cooking oil.

However, there is still a better option available. You should look to collect up your used cooking oil, saving it by pouring it into a larger container and then calling a firm such as Cater Oils to come and collect it for you. By collecting your used cooking oil, you could either make some cash or get some credit against a fresh supply of cooking oil. In addition to that, you’ll also have peace of mind that your oil is being disposed of responsibly. Cater Oils turn the used cooking oil they collect into biodiesel for use throughout the community.

How to get rid of cooking oil in the workplace

You should never pour cooking oil down the drain, no matter how small the volume is. There are several things you can do instead of tipping it down the sink or flushing it down the toilet, and those things include the following, aside from donating your used cooking oil supply to Cater Oils:
  • Pour it into a disposable container and throwing it in the bin
  • Freezing your supply and then putting it in the bin
  • Combining it with other materials and then throwing it in the bin
  • Compost it if you can, or put it in a food waste bin if your Local
  • Authority allows it
  • You could reuse your cooking oil, providing it’s suitable

There are a wide range of businesses throughout the UK who rely on the supply and use of cooking oil. As well as restaurants and cafes, hospitals, schools and even care homes are in need of the ever-popular cooking ingredient, and Cater Oils is just the firm to supply them with it. Cater oils can provide vegetable oil, sunflower oil, rapeseed oil, olive oil and pomace oil to companies and businesses alike, regardless of the industry you work in.

Just like domestic customers looking to get rid of used cooking oil responsibly, our commercial customers are also able to take advantage of our used oil collection service in a bid to reduce their own carbon footprints as well as that of others within the community, such as those who are benefiting from our biodiesel that is made from used cooking oil.

Just like homeowners, you should store up your used cooking oil and then call Cater Oils to come and collect it for you, for free. We will give you credit against fresh oil supplies or we will simply offer you cash for your cooking oil donation. Just like domestic homeowners, you should never pour your used cooking oil down the drain.

What happens if you pour cooking oil down the drain?

There are several reasons as to why you should refrain from pouring your cooking oil down the drain. The first one is to ensure you’re being non-disruptive. You need to think about your neighbours and businesses who share the same drains. Fats and cooking oils will harden once cooled, thus causing something called a fatberg.

Fatbergs can vary in size, from something very small to a large mass. The Museum of London documented one of the biggest fatbergs ever found and removed from the Capitals’ sewers in 2017. It measures 250 metres long and weighs 130 tonnes. It’s become so infamous that it’s been put on display in the museum as an exhibit, named simply as the Whitechapel Fatberg.

Not only was it incredibly expensive to remove, it also proved to be exceptionally disruptive to the local community. The Guardian dubbed it a “total monster” that blocked London’s ageing sewage system. Despite not being wholly made up of cooking oil, it’s made up of fats, oil, sanctuary products and wipes, to name just a few things, as a result of being either flushed down the loo or poured down the drain. The lesson to be learnt here is to uptake a cooking oil collection service instead of pouring it into our overworked sewage systems.

Cater Oils is pleased to offer oil supply services and cooking oil collection services. If you would like further information about how we can help you, whether you’re a domestic or a commercial customer, get in touch with a member of our professional team today – we’re always pleased to hear from you.

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