West Oxfordshire residents are again being urged to recycle their cooking oil as the battle with problematic fatbergs continues.
The district council is reminding people that the oil can be collected as part of their household recycling service.
Fatbergs are putrid fatty masses that develop in sewers when cooking oils, fats and unflushable items such as sanitary products mix together and solidify.
Last year Thames Water revealed that it clears at least three major blockages from Witney’s sewers every fortnight – dubbing the town a fatberg hotspot – and the issue remains a sticky matter for the authorities.
West Oxfordshire District Council leader James Mills said: “Fatbergs can block sewers and cause disruption and so it is important to avoid pouring oil down the sink.
“In west Oxfordshire we have for many years been collecting used cooking oil; it is part of our weekly household food waste service and it is recycled and used for energy.”
Residents should pour cooled oil into a clear plastic bottle and put it out next to recycling boxes or the food waste caddy on collection days.
Thames Water is running a ‘Bin it – don’t block it’ campaign to raise awareness of the problems caused by disposing of cooking oil, wet wipes, cotton buds, nappies and sanitary products in drains and sewers.