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Now oil is used to help East End climb slippery pole of recycling

PUBLISHED: 18:55 15 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:53 05 October 2010

Abdulla Almamun, one of the first to recycle his cooking oil

Abdulla Almamun, one of the first to recycle his cooking oil

HOUSEHOLDS are being urged to recycle their cooking oil and help the Town Hall improve its poor recycling record. Families in London’s East End are being urged not to tip the stuff down the sink

HOUSEHOLDS are being urged to recycle their cooking oil and help the Town Hall improve its poor recycling record.

Families in London’s East End are being urged not to tip the stuff down the sink.

“That clogs up the drains and causes all sorts of problems,” the Town Hall said.

“Residents can recycle their used cooking oil and other unwanted items at the recycling centre.”

But the residents would have to drive to Tower Hamlets council’s Northumberland Wharf centre on the edge of the borough in Blackwall, sandwiched between the Aspen Way dual-carriageway and the Thames waterfront—or risk taking the oil on public transport.

The council doesn’t collect cooking oil on its weekly dustbin rounds.

The move is part of a campaign to improve the poor recycling, with Tower Hamlets languishing at the very bottom of the country’s local authority recycling league table for the second year running and also bottom of the pile for gardening waste recycling.

The Northumberland Wharf centre in Yabsley Street, off Blackwall’s Preston’s Road, on the Isle of Dogs, is open on Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm, and weekends 9am-6pm.


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