You can recycle used cooking oil at the five main Household Recycling Centres (HRC's) in Shropshire.
What type of cooking oils can I recycle
- vegetable oil
- sunflower oil
- olive oil
- groundnut oil
- animal fat e.g. lard
- corn oil
- sesame oil
- walnut oil
- ghee (clarified butter)
How do I recycle cooking oil?
- Allow the oil to cool completely before dealing with it
- Strain it into a container such as an plastic bottle or jar with a lid
- Don’t mix it with anything (solvents, water etc) or it wont be recyclable
- Once full, take your oil to a HRC
- Ask the site attendants for directions or assistance if you need it
- The oil should be poured into the clearly marked tanks
What happens to the cooking oil?
When the tanks are full, the waste cooking oil gets collected through a national recycling scheme run by Livingfuels. They take the oil to their reprocessing centre and turn it into an environmentally friendly bio-fuel.
Why recycle cooking oil?
Every year in the UK we waste 90,000 tonnes of cooking oil. It is important to dispose of cooking oil appropriately and never pour it down the sink because it can clog up the drains. The recycling of used cooking oil helps to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill. By producing an alternative energy source it is also reducing the need for fossil fuels and reducing greenhouse emissions.