How To Recycle Cooking Oil
Step 1: Preparation For Used Cooking Oil Recycling
Consider if you like liquid or solid used cooking oil form.
Some people prefer to deal with solid garbage rather than liquid waste. If this is the case, simply allow the oil to cool and it will solidify into a block of frozen grease. If you want it to be super-solid, freeze the cooking oil once it cools down to help it solidify even more. One of the primary advantages of freezing cooking oil is that it is easier to handle. This includes whether you want to reuse it shortly or dispose of it.
If you don’t mind storing spent cooking oil in its liquid form, do what we recommended in the first part of this article: cool the cooking oil, move it to a plastic container with a tightly-closed lid, and then place it in your food waste bin for appropriate disposal.
Step 2: Select the appropriate container
You may recycle plastic butter containers or coffee cans, for example. Make sure the container is labeled so that no one mistakes cooking oil with ground coffee beans.
The oil does not need to be refrigerated. The only exception is if you intend to utilize it in the future.
Step 3: Continue to fill your container.
This is particularly true if you simply use a small amount of frying oil. By filling it up as required, you can make the most of the container you’re using while also saving time by dumping off all of your old cooking oil at once.
You don’t have to be concerned about different types of cooking oil becoming mixed up in the same disposal container you’re using because, in this situation, it’s believed that they have already been utilized to their maximum capacity and are ready to be dropped off at the recycling center.
However, any big chunks of meat or vegetables should be removed.
Step 4: Locate a recycling center.
Used cooking oil is sometimes accepted as home hazardous waste by recycling facilities (HHW). They may only accept cooking oil during the Christmas season in some cases. If this is the case, you might seek for other disposal options. Check with your local department of public works first to see if there are any free programs available. You may just Google it or phone the relevant municipal or state government to see whether such programs are available. After that, all you have to do is drop off the frying oil. They’ll do the remainder of the labor, allowing others to utilize the cooking oil to make some delicious fried chicken or shrimp tempura. You may also utilize the following web-based tools to find recycling organizations that will gladly accept your used cooking oil:
Another option is to call the local fire department. They will take leftover cooking oil for recycling in some cases. This not only helps you get rid of the cooking oil, but it also assists your local fire department. Recycling cooking oil offers several advantages, including:
It’s an efficient technique to convert a common home waste item into clean biodiesel, which can be used to fuel most diesel engines.
It prevents greasy oil from being poured down the drain, which can clog/damage pipes and sewage systems.
Restaurant owners and other companies may profit by selling a big quantity of leftover cooking oil to commercial oil recyclers.
Avoiding Mistakes When Disposing of Used Cooking Oil
Do not pour down the drain.
- It’s just as essential to know how NOT to dispose of cooking oil as it is to know how to. There is no doubt that used cooking oil is filthy. This is especially true if you’ve been deep-frying food, since lard or vegetable shortening may have been used in the process, making the oil much more hazardous.
Do not pour – even in tiny amounts – down the sink.
- This may appear to be a simple procedure, but it is also extremely dangerous. Even a small amount of frying oil might clog the kitchen/sewage pipes. If this occurs, you will need to contact a plumber for repairs, which may be extremely costly. If the sewage lines get clogged, spilling sewage might cause damage to neighboring basements.
Do not flush down the toilet.
- Putting leftover cooking oil down the toilet can result in many of the same issues as pouring it down the sink. This includes bathroom and sewage lines, among other things.
One of the major issues is based on basic physics principles: oil and water do not mix. Aside from that, the drain line walls will be harmed. Another consideration is that oil travels more slowly than water. As a result, it will combine with other substances and block the whole pipe system. The issue is exacerbated when old cooking oil is used instead of new cooking oil. When oil is utilized, things like animal fat aggravate the problem and increase the likelihood of clogged pipes/sewage.
Pouring heated oil into a trash can or garbage can is not a good idea.
- This can attract a variety of pests, including bugs and rodents. It can also cause problems with garbage trucks and solid waste disposal facilities.
Don’t put anything into the septic system.
- The reason for this is that it can block pipes and even disrupt the drainage field and distribution lines. There’s even a risk it’ll poison nearby rivers.
As helpful as it is to properly dispose of, reuse, and recycle leftover cooking oil, what works best is to limit its usage in the first place. Continue reading to learn about some practical strategies to minimize your usage of cooking oil in the next section.
Tips for Cutting Down on Cooking Oil
One method to cross used cooking oil disposal off your must-do list at home is to cook with less of it. Not only is “oil-less” cooking healthier in general, but it also results in more tasty, innovative recipes.
Here are some kitchen techniques to help you reduce your usage of cooking oil:
- Make use of an air fryer.
An air fryer is a fantastic alternative to traditional frying since it is designed to imitate cooking. It works by circulating hot air at high speeds, which browns or crisps the food within.
While it may appear to be more time-consuming than frying, baking is a healthier option. There are several foods that may be baked rather than fried, including potato croquettes, samosas, fritters, kebabs, and patties. These (and others) taste wonderful, warm, and soft when baked.
- Steam or pre-cook the vegetables.
Have you ever tried steaming fish? Or how about steamed chicken breasts? It tastes wonderful when seasoned with garlic, pepper, salt, and copious amounts of butter! Combine it with some cooked potatoes and carrots for a quick and healthy meal. Pre-cooking before frying also cuts down on the amount of oil required.
- Make use of a shallow frying pan.
Instead of deep frying, use a small frying pan with a cover to use less oil. It also retains moisture, allowing food to cook faster and taste better.