Customer case study: collecting used cooking oil from St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Aerial pic of St Mary's University, Twickenham

Proper Oils has been collecting waste cooking oil from St Mary’s University, Twickenham since 2012. Find out how they recycle their oil.

Tucked in leafy Teddington in southwest London, St Mary’s University hosts around 6000 undergraduate and post-graduate students each academic year. It’s famous for its sporting and education courses – it was the alma mater of Sir Mo Farah, who studied at their Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre for 10 years.

Food production on-site 

Students and staff need to eat after all that exercise and studying. The university’s main dining area, the Refectory, serves up fresh food every day, from soups and salads to Thai curries, vegetarian meals and fish and chips.

Every year, its three fryers, including one dedicated fish fryer, cook around 70,000 portions of chips and more than 7000 of battered or breaded fish.

Lunch is the busiest service period, serving around 1200 meals a day. But it offers all-day service seven days a week – around 700 students each eat breakfast and dinner at the Refectory as part of their accommodation contract.

Recycling their used cooking oil

Every morning, their kitchen team uses a filtration machine to filter the oil inside the fryers.

Twice a week, the fryers are emptied and cleaned using the same machine. The fryers are then refilled with fresh cooking oil.

Meanwhile, the waste oil is poured back into the empty 20-litre drums that the fresh oil was delivered in. The drums are carried onto a trolley and transferred to the loading bay, ready for the Proper Oils driver to collect them. Find out what happens to the used cooking oil when it reaches Proper Oils HQ.

Nikhil Santos, deputy catering and bar manager, said that one of the main reasons for choosing the empty oil tins for storage is to keep their weight to a minimum – minimising the strain for staff to transport them on and off trolleys.

Sustainability at St Mary’s University, Twickenham

St Mary’s is a Fairtrade university, and very committed to waste recycling and sustainability.

Recently Proper Oils created a sustainability poster for our collection customers, showing the journey of the used cooking oil to biodiesel.

St Mary’s, Twickenham asked us if they could use it on their digital display hoarding inside the Refectory to demonstrate what happens to the food’s cooking oil. We were very proud to be able to help – and to see the poster in action.

To book a used cooking oil collection or find out more about Proper Oils’ services, please call us on 0208 894 9476 , email or simply fill in our form. If you’d like to learn more about our sustainability poster, please let us know.

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