Cooking Oil Disposal

10 Easy Ways On How To Dispose Of Cooking Oil Safely!

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Because the only good “Grease” is the movie, excess cooking oil can get you in a… greasy situation. But don’t get tempted to pour it down the drain! Take 5 to read 10 ways how to dispose cooking oil safely.

Cooking oil is a necessary part of everyday life. So necessary, in fact, that you barely ever give it a second thought. It’s such a common, mundane item in your grocery list that it never crosses your mind until… you actually have to throw it away.

You may have a whole jar of used cooking oil right now in your kitchen or maybe some of it has solidified and you’re unsure how to deal with it. Sit tight. You’ll be a cooking oil disposal pro by the end of this article as we tell you how to dispose of cooking oil in 10 easy ways:

  1. First things first, never chuck your used cooking oil down the drain! As tempting as that might sound, that’s just not a good way to dispose of cooking oil. If you’ve done it a few times before, never do it again. It may clog sewer pipes and result in basements all over your neighborhood to be clogged with sewage. Take it from the experts. Latisha Petteway of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirms that pouring oil down your sink which will go straight through the pipes will “solidify and cause blockage.

  1. Recycle used cooking oil. Yes you can. Check with your local department of public works may have free programs for recycling cooking oil. A quick Google check and a phone call will give you answers right away. Deliver your used cooking oil to them and they’ll take care of the rest.

  1. Store and throw it away with the rest of your trash. You may also store cooking oil in empty milk cartons, take out boxes or any other type of unrecyclable container, seal it properly and chuck it out together with the rest of your household trash.

  1. Even a little grease can do a lot of damage. Maybe you’re not such a big deep-fried chicken person and may have just a few drippings of bacon fat every now and then, even throwing a few drips can cause some serious damage. The planet-friendly thing to do in this case is to wipe off the excess grease with a paper towel and don’t pour it down the drain.

  1. Check with your local restaurants. Restaurants have more stringent rules when it comes to disposing cooking oil and they usually have it picked up by waste disposal company for disposal in large quantities. You can ask your favorite restaurant and check to see if your own household cooking oil can be added to their larger-scale vat of cooking oil and have yours included for collection.

  1. Include cooking oil in your compost pile. Trivia: did you know that earthworms love cooking oil? They really do revel in all that grease. So including it in your compost pile may be a planet-friendly option but if you’re a composting beginner, you may want to Google how exactly you can include cooking oil in your compost. Too much cooking oil may attract more than earthworms or can form “hydrophobic barriers” which basically means that too much grease in there can reduce air flow and water.

  1. Save empty jars to store cooking oil. Another great way on how to dispose of cooking oil safely is to store in clean, empty, sealed containers, wait until it solidifies and toss them in the trash. It not only safely disposes of your cooking oil but it’s a great way to recycle used containers as well. Way to go! That’s a double star for saving our planet.

  1. Let the grease chill. Literally chill. In the fridge. You can have a designated sealed container just for this purpose and store it in the fridge. Label it, though. You won’t want the kids opening that one. Once the container’s full and it’s chilled solid, you can then toss it in with your regular household trash.

  1. Reuse cooking oil. Some may not find this a very good idea finding it unsafe or simply unclean. However, you can safely reuse cooking oil as many as 4 times depending on the type of cooking oil and your comfort zone on this one. A quick Google search will tell you plenty of details about you should properly reuse oil. Still, once you’ve maxed out its shelf life, you will still need to dispose of it properly.

  1. From cooking oil to biodiesel. Is that even possible? Yes, apparently. It turns out, large amounts of cooking oil can also equate to large amounts of fuel. Some restaurant chains and other large establishments have already made a business out of it – recycling and selling used cooking oil in an industrial level to undergo a treatment process that will then turn it into a biodiesel. If you’re up for the challenge, you can find resources on how you can turn your own household cooking oil into biodiesel.