HOW TO DISPOSE OF COOKING OIL: A QUICK GUIDE
Used or old cooking oil is a headache not just for home cooks but for restaurants. But there’s a proper way to do it. If you don’t want to contribute to the fatberg problem, here’s a quick guide on how to dispose of cooking oil.
Without a doubt, the quality of the food that reaches your restaurant customers’ plates is of the utmost importance.
But what happens to all of the used cooking oil that’s left behind at the end of the day? What happens to this oil is also important.
Used or old cooking oil is a headache not just for home cooks but also for restaurants. But there’s a proper way to do it.
If you don’t want to contribute to the fatberg problem, here’s a quick guide on how to dispose of cooking oil.
Let’s get started!
How to Dispose of Cooking Oil: Option 1
Allow your cooking oil to cool completely.
Next, pour the oil into a container that cannot be recycled. Containers that fall under this category include takeout containers. Other options are paper containers lined with plastic, and milk cartons made out of cardboard.
Make sure that the container has a lid on it. Then, place the oil-filled container in a trash can.
Place your oil in a can that you’ll no longer need. Then, the can in the refrigerator or freezer so that it hardens.
Once the oil is solid, toss the oil and can in the garbage.
Once your oil is completely cool, pour it into a trash bag that has been partially filled with trash.
Items such as paper towels or food scraps will easily absorb the oil and thus contain it. This will prevent issues in the event that the bottom of the trash bag breaks at some point in the future.
Mix your cooking oil with sawdust, cat litter or sand before you toss it out.
As we mentioned earlier, these absorbent materials will help to contain the oil.
What Not to Do with Your Cooking Oil
Whatever you do, do not pour your oil down your toilet or sink’s drain.
If you do this, the oil will clog your pipes and the sewer mains in your city. In addition, oil-contaminated water is hard to treat, which means it may end up polluting your local area’s waterways.
Also, do not add cooking oil to your septic system. Again, this may clog your pipes. It can also clog your drainage field and distribution lines.
Avoid putting hot oil in a trash can as well, as the heat can cause damage to the trash receptacle.
Finally, avoid putting oil in a compost pile or bin. After all, fats aren’t good for compost. (The oil used for cooking is basically all fat.)
How We Can Help
If you’re wondering how to dispose of cooking oil, we offer another smart solution: used oil recycling.
We can recycle your used oil for you, turning it into biodiesel. This ultimately decreases your restaurant’s carbon footprint.
Get in touch with us to find out more about our oil disposal services. With our help, you can prevent costly oil-related issues in your local sewer system or septic system. At the same time, you can help to protect the environment for years to come.