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It’s easy to recycle your waste cooking oils & fats, plus it will save you money


Its really easy. Just store up the oil & fat which is produced in everyday cooking in a container, put a tight fitting lid on it, and take it down to your local collection point. Put it in the bin and start saving up again.


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What type of oil can I recycle?

All types of cooking oil and fat – both used vegetable oil and animal fats. Some examples include:

  • the oil you shallow fry your poppudoms in,
  • the oil at the bottom of the jar of which you olives come in,
  • the fat which comes out of chicken kiev when you cook this in the oven,
  • the animal fat which you have to pour out of the tray after you have roasted a joint of meat before you make the delicious gravy,
  • the oil from your deep fat fryer when you've fried your chips, your battered fish, or even your scotch eggs.

What we don’t want: Please, please, please do NOT recycle mineral / fossil fuel / engine / hydraulic oil. Also, please don’t include any water or stock (meat juices).

What type of container shall I use?

Normally, we recommend storing your oil in a normal 400g “baked bean style” tin.

We can give you a tight fitting plastic lid, so you can keep it in a convenient place, and transport it easily.

It is metal so it is easy to store the hot oil in – you don’t have to wait, and can simply pour hot oil into the tin without the risk of the container melting.

The tin will be recycled easily, and the plastic lid will be washed for reuse – which further increases the benefits of recycling your oil.

If you have a deep fat fryer or produce lots of oil simply put it back in the large container which you buy the oil in, put the lid back on, and drop it off in the container in the recycling centre as you would with a smaller container.

The plastic lids that we provide for tins are designed to fit tightly, however we recommend that the tin is put in a plastic bag when being dropped off at your collection site. You never know what might happen on your journey!

Why should I recycle?

Your drains won’t get blocked – which could save you +£250

Stops you having smelly, slow running drains - no more messing around with plungers, or those nasty caustic chemicals

It helps the wider environment – your recycled cooking oils and fats are turned into renewable energy - biodiesel - which reduces carbon emissions

You are helping to prevent sewers getting blocked, and reduce waste going to landfill


What happens if I don’t have a locally collection point?

Set one up, its an easy 4 step process – click here for more info

Want more info?

Recycling waste cooking oils and fats is now well established for restaurants, canteens, and other commercial caterers, however nobody has succeeded in collecting waste cooking oil from domestic houses as everyone produces such a small amount of waste cooking oil at home.

Everyone produces relatively small amounts of oil and fats in their cooking, and has the same disposal problems – how do I dispose of this without blocking my drains and in a way that is good for the environment?

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.

Proper Oils are finalists in NESTA's national "Waste Reduction Challenge" and have been awarded some funds from the Cabinet Office to prove the benefits.

We will measure the amounts of cooking oils recycled, the environmental benefits in terms of carbon saving and encourage recycling by offering cash prizes to the best collection points (link to cash prize what's in it for me page)

To make it successful we need lots of households recycling their cooking oil.  It will make a real difference – it is like being a human bumble bee! Can you help?


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