Downham dumps its oil

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Householders in Downham are mistaken in believing that the water company picks up the bill should a drain on their premises become blocked.

A YouGov survey in the town found that 51 per cent of adults did not know that if the drain is blocked within the boundary of their house, it is the homeowner who ends up footing the bill.

Yet 27 per cent of consumers admit to disposing of their waste cooking oil down the sink – an action recognised by 45 per cent as the main cause of costly drain blockages.

The average household throws away a tea cup of waste cooking oil every month when this valuable resource could be recycled into clean electricity.

But, 57 per cent would be likely to take their waste cooking oil to their local household waste recycling centre (HWRC) if only they knew where it was.

The survey was conducted on behalf of Living Fuels, which operates 500 waste cooking oil collection tanks at recycling centres nationwide.

Ian Collins, managing director of Living Fuels, said: “The bad news is that the hard core of 32 per cent of adults in Downham are still putting waste cooking oil down the drain – it hasn’t budged.

“The good news is some habits have changed since we did our last poll in 2011.”