Heating Oil

How to Dispose of Your Home Heating Oil Safely

If you have an abandoned oil tank on your property, it may contain old heating oil that you need to dispose of. Disposing of oil is a tricky task. These types of oil are hazardous materials and you should treat them as such. Therefore, you should always let professionals handle home heating oil removal to avoid unwelcome consequences.

Let’s take a look at how to remove domestic heating oil safely and answer some common questions about this topic.

How to dispose of heating oil in the UK

The easiest way to dispose of home heating oil is by seeking help from a professional fuel removal service. These companies specialise in hazardous waste treatment. A fuel removal service will discard oil left in your heating oil tank safely and responsibly.

When looking for a heating oil removal service in the UK, it’s important to:

  1. Research local companies that offer heating oil disposal services. You can search online or in local directories to find companies in your area. Your local council’s waste disposal department should also be able to offer advice. They may also even recommend a removal service.
  2. Check the company’s credentials and make sure they are licence to handle and dispose of hazardous waste. You can take a look at the Environment Agency’s public register of waste carriers, brokers and dealers. Here, you will be able to see if the company has a licence.
  3. Contact the company and provide them with details about your situation. Tell the company details such as the amount of fuel oil you need removing and the location of the tank.
  4. Ask for a quote for the fuel removal service and compare prices from different companies. Shopping around will help to ensure you’re getting a fair price.

Once you’ve chosen a company, they will come to your property and use specialised equipment to safely remove the oil from your tank. They will then transport the oil to a licensed waste management facility for proper disposal.

FAQs about home heating oil disposal in the UK

Why dispose of home heating oil?

You may need to dispose of heating oil if you have contaminated oil or it is no longer usable. Contamination can occur when water, dirt, or other debris enters the oil tank. If the oil is contaminated, it can damage your heating system or cause it to malfunction.

You may also need to dispose of heating oil if you no longer need it. For example, if you’re switching to a different heating system or moving to a new home. In these instances, you may no longer need your current supply of heating oil.

In either case, it’s important to dispose of heating oil properly. You should not dump used oil down the drain or pour it onto the ground, as it can contaminate water sources and harm wildlife. Instead, a specialist collection service should dispose of it at a recycling centre. Look for one that can properly handle and recycle the oil.

Can I recycle domestic heating oil?

Yes. Recycling home heating oil involves removing any contaminants or impurities from the oil. The recycling process then treats the oil so that it can be of use in the future.

There are specialist companies in the UK that offer this service. These companies will typically collect the used oil from your fuel tank. Then, they will transport it to a processing facility, and refine it so that it can have a use once again as fuel. The recycled oil is typically a blend that also contains new, clean oil to create a fuel that meets the required standards.

Can I transport old fuel to a hazardous waste facility myself?

In short: no! It’s safer to use a licensed waste disposal company that specialises in hazardous waste management. By hiring professionals, you’ll ensure that they will transport your fuel safely and legally.

Is it possible to pump out heating oil?

Yes. How you do this depends on the size of your tank. You can syphon out smaller quantities of heating oil, but you may require an industrial pump if your tank is large. If you’re unsure, speak to the pros.

How can my council help with heating oil disposal?

Some council’s in the UK offer free or discounted collections of waste oil. The specific services and policies will vary depending on your location. You should check with your council to see if they offer this service.

If your council does not provide a collection service, they should be able to recommend a licenced waste carrier. Your council should also offer guidance on how to dispose of heating oil safely.

Key Takeaway

It’s important to dispose of old heating oil properly to protect the environment and human health. As well as avoiding legal penalties. You should always seek help from professionals, whether you decide to use a waste disposal facility or recycling service.

If you suspect your oil storage tank is ready for a reboot, call our friendly team on 0333 270 3300 today. They can talk you through domestic oil tank replacements, carried out by our OFTEC registered engineers.


Sign up to our newsletter

*Required field

Thank you!

Please wait while your order is submitted. Do not try to submit again.