About more than 2.5 billion gallons of used cooking oil is created in the US every year. Therefore, proper oil disposal is a significant issue concerning waste management. People should always make a conscious effort to recycle instead of disposing of waste oil. The disposal of grease into a landfill can have serios implications leading to long-term environmental harm. Furthermore, we often improperly disposed of used oil down kitchen drains which can later lead to plumbing issues, sewer blockage and groundwater contamination. Here are some facts on the negative financial and environmental impact of grease.
- A large contributor of clogged sewers is cooking oil poured down the drain.
- A liter of waste cooking oil can contaminate p to a million liters of groundwater.
- Animals that are exposed to large amounts of cooking oil are at risk of coating feathers and fur, suffocation and smothering.
How can you dispose of your used cooking oil?
Online, you will find tips and general information on proper used cooking oil recycling and disposal. However, are some of the basic steps you can take when you want to recycle cooking oil.
Step 1. Allow the oil to cool down after cooking then pour it down into plastic storage containers. To allow the oil to solidify, you can store the containers in the freezer. This prevents spills during transportation to the recycling drop-off point.
Step 2. Locate your nearest recycling drop-off location
Step 3. Plan ahead for recycling. You also need to designate storage containers and drop-off periodically say once every month
Step 4. Sit back, smile and be happy that you are part of the many who are dedicated in protecting their home, city and planet from damage. You are also helping the environment and possible earning a few extra bucks from the used oil.
Keep in mind that many cities and recycling companies offer additional drop-off locations to handle increased demand.
Used oil recycling for businesses
Typically, most businesses produce larger amounts of cooking oil when compared to households. Therefore, it is best that such businesses hire a waste oil recycling company to provide recycling services. A good number of these services provide compensation for waste on grease on a per gallon basis.
The benefits of used cooking oil recycling
In the recent years, recycling has become easier for both businesses and households. There are plenty of municipalities that have implemented grease recycling programs. Additionally, more companies are focusing on providing oil recycling and grease trap cleaning services to businesses creating large amounts of waste oil. Most of what is recycled is then refined int several types of biofuels which in turn are used for home heating and fueling automobiles.
Some of the benefits of used cooking oil recycling include the following:
- Reduction in the blockage and further deterioration of sewage systems
- Recycling can provide extra revenue for restaurants in the form of compensation from the recycling company. It can also provide significant tax deductions.
- When used as an alternative to traditional fuels, biofuels have the potential of reducing the industry’s carbon footprint by 80%
- Biofuels that are produced from vegetable oil burn cleaner thus emitting 78% less carbon dioxide as compared to traditional diesel fuel.
It is due to these many benefits of recycling grease that lead to the widespread implementation of grease recycling as well as oil collection programs including the following:
- The average the McDonald’s restaurant in the US recycles is almost 1450 gallons of oil per year
- Over 80% of used vegetable oil in Europe is currently being converted into biofuel.
Whether you use cooking oil in your business or household, it is crucial that you learn the importance of proper disposal and recycling. The reason for this is simple, so that you can do your part in helping to keep the environment greener, safer, cleaner and healthier. Remember, by doing so, you are also improving your quality of life.