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The Legal Requirements For Disposal of Used Cooking Oil
Under the Food Safety Act 1990 any problems arising from the effects of grease, cooking oils or other fats used in the cooking process which results in non compliance with food hygiene regulation due to drainage issues, can result in prosecution or an enforced cessation of trading. Illegal dumping of waste vegetable and rapeseed cooking oils (WVO) can lead to fines from five hundred to two thousand pounds if not more.
Removing Waste Promptly From Your Premises
Under the EPA 1990 you have the responsibility not to cause statutory nuisance due to accumulation of refuse, leading to smells or leaving the premises in a state deemed prejudicial to health or a "nuisance". Any complaints of this nature will be investigated by your local environmental health officer and enforced locally. There is no need to accumulate any cooking oil with our free vegetable oil collection.
The Environment Agency expects producers of waste cooking oil to prove their Duty of Care and appropriately dispose of their waste. Failure to dispose of waste correctly can result in large fines - especially if oil waste is placed into skips or poured down the drain, so it is in the best interests of the waste producer to have the oil collected on a regular basis. Collectors are required by the Environment Agency to provide an audit trail for waste transferred from the producer to the collector. This document takes the form of a Waste Transfer Note, which must be signed by both the producer and the collector and retained for at least two years.
Legal Obligation For Disposal
You as the producer of the waste have the legal obligation to check that it is being disposed of correctly and in compliance with all laws, even after the transfer has been signed (EPA 1990). Landfill is no longer acceptable for the disposal of waste oil as liquid waste was banned from landfill sites in 2007. Waste cooking oil is also banned from being used as an ingredient in any animal feedstock which has been the case since 2004. Rest assured that all the oil we collect is used in the production of biodiesel.
Details Of The Relevant Laws
Water Industry Act 1991

It is a criminal offence under section 111 of the Water Industry Act 1991 to discharge into the public sewers any matter which may interfere with the free flow of wastewater. In addition, where the water company has incurred costs in dealing with the detrimental effects on the sewers e.g. removing blockages cleaning sewers, investigating and remedying flooding or pollution incidents, it can take legal action to recover these costs. Prosecution can result in substantial fines or even imprisonment.

Food Safety Act 1990

Local authorities are authorised to inspect premises under the Food Safety Act 1990. Problems arising from the effect of fat, oil and grease on drains, resulting in a failure to comply with the Food Hygiene Regulations, could result in prosecution or an emergency prohibition order preventing trading from the premises.

Environmental Protection Act 1990: Duty of Care

Every commercial premises arranging collection and disposal of waste (including waste cooking oils and fat) must comply with the requirements of Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Environmental Protection Act (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991 as amended. The objective of the Duty of Care is to ensure that all waste is managed correctly from the place where it is produced to the point of final disposal. Failure to produce the necesssary documents to prove this can result in a £300 fixed penalty notice or prosecution. The local authority has power to carry out any required work and recover their costs in cases of default by the owner.

Environmental Protection Act 1990: Statutory Nuisance

The local authority’s environmental health department will deal with any reported complaints of “statutory nuisance” such as smells, effluents, accumulation of refuse or any premises in such a state as to be prejudicial to health or a nuisance. Where a statutory nuisance exists the local authority has to serve an “abatement notice” under Section 80 of the Act. Failure to comply can result in prosecution and the local authority also has the power to carry out work to abate the nuisance and recover their costs.

Animal By-Products Regulations EC 1774/2002 (ABPR)

From 1 November 2004 waste cooking oil from catering premises can no longer be used as an ingredient in animal feed. This is to safeguard the food chain. From October 2007 liquid waste may not be disposed of at landfill.

Building Act 1984

Section 59 of the Building Act 1984 enables a local authority to require satisfactory provision for drainage of an existing building by service of a notice on the owner. This can include a requirement for the installation of a grease trap.