NEW! We can now collect and recycle used cooking oil as part of our food waste service
Love chips? Roasts? Cooked breakfasts? Samosas and Sausages?
All are delicious, but they do leave greasy leftovers..….which South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils can now take care of thanks to their new cooking oil recycling service for residents.
Oil is collected every week as part of both districts’ food waste collections.
After cooking, any leftover oil should be allowed to cool before being poured into a plastic bottle no bigger than a 1 litre size. The bottle and its contents can then be placed into the resident’s kerbside food waste caddy along with other food waste and put out for the weekly collection.
One litre of cooking oil can generate enough electricity to make 240 cups of tea!
Cllr Caroline Newton, South Oxfordshire District Council cabinet member for environmental services said: “We all know that cooking oil and fat shouldn’t be poured down sinks as it can cause blockages, but it can be difficult to dispose of. This is why I welcome the start of this new service for residents collecting cooking oil from their homes every week.
Cllr Elaine Ware, Vale of White District Council cabinet member for environmental services, added: “The oil is recycled along with the rest of the food waste which is transformed into electricity at the food waste recycling plant. The oil is highly calorific and so makes a lot of energy.”
Notes to editors
For those not wishing to use a plastic bottle, oil can also be poured straight into the caddy along with other food waste.