Drain pain for residents

A QUARTER of the borough’s adults are tipping their waste oil down their drain risking blockages according to a new report.

And two thirds of those quizzed mistakenly believe a water company picks up the bill should a drain become blocked.

The report was conducted by a YouGov poll.

If the drain is blocked within the boundary of their house, it is the homeowner who ends up footing the bill.

The average household throws away a tea cup of waste cooking oil every month.

As a valuable resource it could be recycled into clean electricity.

It showed 57 per cent of people in the borough would be likely to take their waste cooking oil to their local household waste recycling centre if only they knew where it was.

Ian Collins, managing director of Living Fuels, operates 500 waste cooking oil collection tanks located at recycling centres throughout the UK.

He said: “Around 80 per cent of the UK population is within a 15 minute drive of a waste cooking oil recycling site which is among the best coverage in world.

“The bad news is that the hard core of 24 per cent of adults in Hastings are still putting waste cooking oil down the drain.

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

“For instance, we’re seeing more waste cooking oil going into the food waste and black bins – neither ideal but better than pouring it down the drain.

“We will not rest until every British householder appreciates their old cooking oil is a precious resource, knows where to recycle it and adopts the ‘stop and think, not down the sink’ habit. For information about where to find your nearest waste cooking oil recycling facility visit: www.livingfuels.co.uk