Yes, You Can Recycle Cooking Oil

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One search on Google News and you’ll find cooking oil recycling is a legitimate trend for communities around the nation.

While it may seem harmless, pouring the oil from your deep-fried turkey down the drain can harm wildlife and wreak havoc on local sewage systems.

Plan ahead when planning to recycle. Don’t wait until you have a pan of leftover oil to dump. Make a designated waste oil container, label it and put it somewhere everyone in your home can easily access. Photo: Flickr/_e.t

Plan ahead when planning to recycle. Don’t wait until you have a pan of leftover oil to dump. Make a designated waste oil container, label it and put it somewhere everyone in your home can easily access. Photo: Flickr/_e.t

Grease clings to pipes in small particles that latch onto each other, collecting until the mass is large enough to block sewage lines.

If you’re not collecting your excess grease in a cup beside the stove for later use (just like Grandma!), chances are your drain has some substantial clumps. In fact, cooking oil and kitchen grease is the No. 1 cause of clogged sewer pipes.

But there’s another option for disposing of cooking oil: alternative fuel. While many commercial facilities already contribute substantial supplies, some programs invite households to recycle their excess grease as well.

Some biofuel or biodiesel companies will often expand their number of drop-off points around food-related holidays, such as Thanksgiving, so take advantage.

It is best to put your oil into a tightly sealed container. If planning to recycle, please be sure not to mix any water with the oil. Before dropping off your oil, it is important to try to filter out some of those bits of food floating around in the fat.

Sound gross? It’s not as bad as having to clean out your drains later. Eww…

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