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Waste Cooking Oil Disposal – Getting it Right First Time!

We’re asked time and time again, why waste cooking oils and fats should be disposed of correctly. It’s a tricky subject as there are lots of reasons why, which then raise the ‘how’ questions. We’re hoping to be able to answer a few of these for you in our latest blog.


Reducing your carbon footprint, your businesses environmental impact and ensuring you adhere to relevant industry and environmental regulations associated with using, producing and disposing of cooking oil are all top of the agenda.

Following the Covid-19 breakout last year, more and more businesses are now taking the time to address their policies and procedures more carefully. Along with the relevant risk assessments and changes we’ve all had to make over the last year; many businesses are now looking at ways of streamlining costs, gaining efficiencies and addressing their environmental responsibilities.

Just one of the many questions we’re asked is ‘what do I do with our waste cooking oil?’ Correct collection, disposal and recycling of waste cooking oil, fats and grease is important. Business and individuals can face hefty fines as a result of improper disposal and so working with an approved waste oil disposal company is key.

What are the legal requirements for cooking oil collection?

The Food Standards Agency state that waste cooking oil must be stored correctly to avoid spillages, collected and disposed of by an authorised collector. Talk to us today if you’d like to know more about our waste cooking oils and fats collection service.

What happens to waste cooking oil?

Through the process of recycling oils and fats waste, it can be used for many purposes. For example, the waste oil we recycle is used to create Biodiesel which is blended with regular diesel to reduce the carbon content of fuel and make it into a greener renewable fuel which is far better for the environment. Read more in our FAQs blog on oils and fats.

We’re asked frequently ‘how to dispose of vegetable cooking oil’ or ‘how to dispose of out-of-date cooking oil’ these questions are easy for us to answer because we run and manage our own used cooking oil recycling plant, we can be more competitive on pricing than brokers.

Reasons to work with BioteCH4 on your waste cooking oil collection.

  • Because of the industries in which we work, we can collect from food factories and catering outlets to support their fluctuating food waste levels.
  • We are constantly reviewing our pricing and pay best market rate prices.
  • Our experienced team are on hand to give free advice and guidance.
  • We will manage the process from start to finish – making things easier for you.

You can be safe in the knowledge that you’re complying with the environmental regulations around disposing of oils and the peace of mind associated with that. There are also many financial benefits to be considered.

With over 200,000 blockages of sewers across the UK every year, the safe and correct disposal of oils and fats is becoming increasingly important for not just households across the UK, but also food and food production businesses too. You have a responsibility for proper disposal of cooking oil waste.

Why does your business need cooking oil waste collection?

It is beneficial not to store waste oils and fats on your premises. Spillages and accidents can cause contamination of water ways and local wildlife, working with an authorised provider to move quantities of oil off your premises in a safe and regulated way will alleviate any undue risks your business may face.

Avoid fines for unlawful disposal. As a regulated provider, we take our responsibility very seriously and our team will work with you to ensure that all relevant procedures are adhered to and will issue you with Waste Transfer Note once the process is complete. We’ll also ensure that you fully understand the responsibilities you have in terms of keeping your Waste Transfer Note on records for the recommended period and any other duties you and we have as your service provider.

Avoid storing waste fats and oils on site. Spillages, waste cooking oil and any associated food waste will, if left for periods of time, attract unwanted pests and smells. The correct storage and disposal of your waste will ensure these are avoided and you reduce the potential impact of vermin moving into your premises and complaints for staff, customers or residents.

If you’d like to know how to dispose of oils, fats and grease then you can visit our services page or get in touch with a member of the team.

Still got questions? You can find out more information in our FAQs or in one of our blogs on oils and fats recycling.

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