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Personal Oil Disposal: 7 Important Questions Answered

Cooking with oil is one of the easiest ways to make your own food. More and more, people are turning to cooking oil to have home-cooked meals on a tight schedule. And with many healthy options to choose from, it’s a great alternative to other cooking methods. Yet every level of home cook and chef is wondering how to dispose of it!

We hear your questions about cooking oil and are going to answer them! Here’s everything you need to know about disposing of your used oil safely!

Can I reuse my cooking oil?

You can, but just make sure that you’re being safe about it. Keep in mind that even if you strain your used oil before storing it, some food particles from your last meal remain suspended in the cooking oil. This can cause cross-contamination and decreases the temperature the oil needs to reach to catch fire. Also, if you were running the oil at a higher heat or cooked a lot of food, it may be wise to dispose of it after one use.

How does disposal help my community?

Many counties and cities have public oil disposal locations where you can drop off your oil at any time. They will then convert these oils into useful biofuels to help fuel public transit vehicles and other devices designed specifically to use biofuels!

What about adding it to my compost pile?

Since cooking oil is a natural product, you may think it will fit in with your home compost pile. However, it can be one of the worst things to add. If you’re using an animal product in the cooking process, it won’t get hot enough to safely decompose and will begin to rot instead, causing a noxious smell and attracting all kinds of pests to your compost pile.

It’s just a little bit. What should I do?

Let the oil or grease cool in the pan, then wipe up the pan with a paper towel and throw the towel away. You can also save disposable plastic containers to store the used oil and grease (let it cool before pouring!) in the freezer to cut down on paper waste. Once the container or containers are full, either throw them away or keep them out of a landfill by taking them to a recycling center.

Can I pour cooking oil down the drain?

Technically, you can. However, this is not a good idea. The grease and food particulates suspended in the used oil gather on the inside of your pipes and will, over time, clog your drain. If you must pour small amounts down the drain, do it sparingly and strain the oil before doing so, keeping in mind even strained oil and grease is not free of clogging agents.

Which oils can be recycled?

Anything! Recycling is the best choice of disposal, keeping both your drains and local landfill unclogged. Whether you’re using oils from animals such as fish oil, bacon grease, chicken fat, or pork fat, or using plant-based oils such as canola, olive oil, or coconut oil, these oils are useable for making valuable alternative energy sources such as biofuels. If it’s safe for you to cook your food in, it’s safe to recycle!

Who will recycle my cooking oils?

Along with communities collecting cooking oils for recycling, many restaurants will allow you to bring in your cooking oils to add to their recycling and disposal store. Most restaurants have safe removal services such as Ace Grease that collect their old oil and grease to convert to biofuels.

There are a number of ways cooking oil can be disposed of. Employing these methods can help out the environment and your home’s plumbing! For all your recycling questions and needs, check us out at http://acegrease.com/!

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