Getting rid of cooking oil has never been simpler

Published: Friday, 16th February 2018

If there’s one thing everyone should know about throwing away cooking oil, it’s that you should never pour it down the sink, or down drains.

But that means many people may be unsure of just how they should get rid of the oil. Even if you break down the oil with soap and hot water, it can re-solidify and cause drain pipes and sewers to get blocked. It can also travel get into rivers and lakes causing oxygen levels to drop, which can suffocate wildlife.

Now the solution for Oxford residents is at hand - and it couldn't be simpler - recycle it!

Recycling cooking oils and fats is now well established for restaurants, canteens, and other commercial caterers. Now Oxford City Council is at the forefront of disposing of domestic cooking oils with a new service that treats oils and fats in the most environmentally sustainable way possible.

Cllr John Tanner, Board Member for a Clean and Green Oxford, said: “At last there is a safe and sensible way to recycle old cooking oil. Just pop it into a plastic bottle and into your food waste caddy. This a great news for residents, Thames Water and the environment. It’s another pioneering initiative for Oxford City and County Councils.”

To enable residents to dispose of their cooking oils and fats easily, the City Council can now recycle cooking oil. All you need to do is put it in a plastic bottle (not glass) that will fit in your food caddy or red bin. That could be a water bottle or a plastic oil bottle

The Council's new service will take the oil away along with food waste to be anaerobically digested at the recycling plant at Cassington. There the plastic is removed, and the resulting process produces biogas to generate electricity and fertiliser for local farms.

And don't forget, you can now use plastic bags to put your food waste in. If you don't have any you can buy them from the Council's Marsh Road Depot for £1.50 a roll.