We have all got used to recycling our household waste, but what about our used cooking oil? It can have detrimental effects on our environment and our sewer system if not disposed of correctly, so what should we do with it? It’s too messy to put in the bin, and it blocks our drains if we pour it down the sink.
“Unblocking the Community” helps households to collect and recycle their used cooking oils and fats, ready to be processed and reused as a biofuel.
Get involved & Help the Environment
It’s easy to recycle your waste cooking oils and fats, plus it will help the environment!
How Can I Get Involved?
It’s really easy. Just store the oil and fat you produce during your everyday cooking in a container. Seal it with a tight-fitting lid and contact Cateroils to find out where your local cooking oil collection point is.
What type of oil can I recycle?
All types of cooking oils and fats – both vegetable oils and animal fats. Some examples include:
What we don’t want: please, please, please do NOT include any types of engine, hydraulic or fossil fuel oil, and please don’t include any water or stock.
What type of container shall I use?
For normal amounts of household oil or fat, we recommend storing your oil in a clean 400g tin (such as an empty baked bean tin). It’s metal, so you can safely and easily pour hot oil into it – you don’t have to wait for it to cool. The tin will then also be recycled, further increasing the benefits of recycling your oil.
If you have a deep fat fryer, or produce lots of oil, simply save the original oil container, and pour the oil back in once used. If the container is plastic, let the oil cool first. You can then pop the lid back on, and drop it off at the waste oil recycling point, as you would with a smaller container.
Why should I recycle?
Well established in the catering industry.
Recycling waste cooking oils and fats is now well established for restaurants, canteens, and other commercial caterers. However, as the amount of waste cooking oil produced by regular domestic households is so small, no one yet has succeeded in collecting waste cooking oil from residential homes.
Unblocking the Community provides a solution so more people can recycle their cooking oils and fats easily. Research suggests that in the UK, households produce 210,000 tonnes of waste cooking oils, fats and greases every year.
Whether you want to help reduce carbon emissions, or if you think it is a great initiative, or if you’re annoyed by your neighbours blocking your drains with their oil, it’s easy to get more involved.
Spread the Word
Tell your friends and neighbours so they can avoid blocked drains too!
Talk to Others
Tell your family, friends, your neighbours about this scheme – how it solves a problem for you and the benefits for themselves and the wider environment.
Shout About it Online
Share our website with your friends on social media and tell people that you are recycling the used cooking oil you produce for the benefit of the environment.
Give a Lending Hand
Help others recycle their used cooking oil. You could offer to take a container to the recycling collection point for less mobile members of the community, such as your elderly neighbours. You can even set up your own collection point!
Contact Cater Oils, we can help you find your local collection point, or can give you advice on setting on up yourself.
Any plastic container with a lid can be used as long as it seals tightly and isn’t made from glass. For example, for larger amounts of oil or fat, such as if you often use a deep fat fryer, please pour it into a larger container. To do this, it would be advisable to use a funnel and wait for the oils to cool down before pouring.
Other types of container such as glass jars are not appropriate. This is because, although easy to recycle, there is a health and safety issue associated with handling glass waste.
The collected oil is taken to the Cater Oils depot where it gets purified ready to be turned into biofuel. Just think how much more efficient that is than making fuel from scratch!