Cooking oil and fat shouldn’t be poured down sinks as it can cause blockages.
What to do with cooking oil and fat?
Small amounts of cooking oil, fats, plate scrapings of fatty food and surplus oil from pans and trays can be disposed of in your food waste recycling service. If you don’t have access to this, pour cooled oil into a sealed plastic container and pop it in the general waste bin.
Household waste recycling centre (HWRC)
Used cooking oil can be put into a sealed container and taken to your local recycling centre.
How is cooking oil recycled?
Used oil is heated, cleaned and filtered and recycled into renewable energy.
What can you do?
Brush it onto your garden shed or fence as a creosote alternative. It’s a good preservative that won’t discolour the wood and is safe to use near plants and animals.
Used cooking fat from chicken or bacon makes a great treat for garden birds. Pour into a pot, add bird seeds and nuts, leave to set, then hang up outside.
Into your food caddy: the content of the frying pan when it's cooled, but not the contents of a deep fat fryer!
Don’t pour used oil down the drain as it can cause blockages.
Recycling is constantly evolving and changing so check back for updates or try our recycling locator to find out what you can recycle at home and where you can recycle or pass on unwanted items in your local area.