Impact of coronavirus measures

Please note that from March 29, the number to contact the commercial waste team has changed. Please now ring 020 7364 4933

We understand the impact that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is having on both residents and businesses alike. Measures put into places to protect public health will continue to impact on businesses across the borough for some time to come.

As a council we will do all we can to protect the businesses of Tower Hamlets through this difficult time. Should your business find itself in financial difficulties at this time, please contact us to discuss options that may be available to you including a suspension of commercial waste charges for those businesses forced to suspend trading.

See more information on coronavirus measures in the borough and support for businesses.

Waste cooking oil collections

If your business creates waste cooking oil then you must ensure that it is stored properly in sealed containers, that none is allowed to spill and that it is collected by a licensed waste carrier who will take your waste oil to an authorised site for recovery or disposal.

Below are the key points from Guidance issued jointly by the Food Standards Agency, Cabinet Office, Environment Agency, Defra, HM Revenue & Customs and LACORS.

  • Waste cooking oil must not be poured down drains or sewers because this leads to blockages and odour or vermin problems and may also pollute watercourses leading to problems for wildlife. Such action could result in prosecution. 
  • Waste cooking oil should not be disposed of with the rest of the catering or kitchen waste because it may cause spillages leading to odour or pollution problems or waste contractors may refuse to remove it. Liquid wastes are now banned from landfill.
  • Waste cooking oil from catering premises can no longer be used as an ingredient in animal feed.  This change was introduced in 2004 under the Animal By-Products Regulation EC 1774/2002.
  • Anyone using waste cooking oil from catering premises as an animal-feed, as an ingredient in animal-feed, or who consigns their waste cooking oil to such animal feed operations commits an offence.
    For more information visit the Food Standards Agency website

Companies collecting used cooking oil within Tower Hamlets

We have provided below a list of companies that collect used cooking oil from businesses in Tower Hamlets and will provide you with the necessary Duty of Care Waste Transfer Notes. They will also normally provide suitable containers for storing waste oil.
Please note that there may be other companies offering a collection service within Tower Hamlets and that inclusion on the list does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Businesses should satisfy themselves as to the legality of their waste disposal arrangements.

Proper Oils

Unigate House,
Depot Road, Wood Lane,
W12 7RP
Tel: 0208 894 9476

Fat Management

31 Edmund Road
Rainham, Essex
RM13 8LX
Tel/Fax: 01708 752225
Mobile: 07889 979999

Fryclean UCO

Little Warley Hall Lane
Brentwood, Essex
CM13 3EX
Tel: 01277 260260
Mobile: 07917 874356

Grays Waste Services Ltd

124-126 Nathon Way,
Thamesmead, London
Tel: 020 8317 0172 
Fax: 020 8301 8230

Hep Oils

Weybeards Farm, Hill End Road
Harefield, Middlesex
Tel: 01895 824 252
Fax: 01895 824487
Mobile: 07787 828357

Kent Raw Materials

Unit 1
Belvedere Link Business Park
Viking Way, Church Manor Way
Erith, Kent
Tel: 01322 435898

Living Fuels

Freedom Farm,
Cowles Drove,
Hockwold cum Wilton,
Nr Thetford, Norfolk,
IP26 4JQ
Tel: 01842 828395

Pure Fuels Ltd

Unit A8, Hastingwood Trading Estate
Harbet Road
N18 3HT
Tel: 0208 803 8716
Mobile: 07894 390605