How to properly dispose of cooking oil

By | July 16, 2016

Disposing Cooking Oil

Once you done with frying, the left over oil is something that needs to be disposed of. Pouring it down the drain is not a good idea. Oil and grease and quickly clog the drain or even worse, the entire sewer line beneath which can be a menace to clean up.

Pan with oil - what to do with old oil?

Oil can be reused and ideally recycled but be careful disposing it – it can cause sewage problems down the drain

Oil and grease buildup is a major cause of blockage in sewer pipes. Though you can easily clear the drain pipes inside your kitchen, but the grease flowing forward eventually coagulate in the larger pipes down the sewer lines. So keeping your drain and sewer pipes clear of greasy dirt and clogs is necessary.

There are a couple of ways to deal with cooking oil. Sometimes you can reuse it, but most of times it needs to be either trashed properly or send to recycle station where it can be used to generate biofuel.

1. Reuse them

If you haven’t done deep frying, it is often possible to reuse the oil for another cooking session. It will also depend on what oil it is and what was cooked earlier. The flavors and taste from the previous recipe might creep into the next one.

Use a fine strainer or sieve (cheesecloth) to filter out all bits and pieces left from previous frying. Once its completely clean, store it in an air tight container. Use it next time you are frying.

If you are cooking similar or same recipes that reusing should work best. But if the recipes have entirely different taste and flavor then you may want to avoid reusing. Also make sure that you do not mix different types of oils in the process.

After 2-3 cooking sessions the oil would be nearly used up completely and then you have to prepare for its disposal.

2. Collect it and trash it

The simple way is to collect it in a container and when the container goes full, dispose in the regular trash. You may have to check with the local regulations to ensure that oil can be thrown in with regular trash.

Trashing it properly is better than throwing it down the drain. Use a plastic bottle or container to collect the oil after every session of frying.

You can keep the bottle in the kitchen in a corner and wait till it fills up to the top. Afterwards, close the cap and seal it tightly and dispose it in the regular trash can.

Recycle it

Large amounts of cooking oil can be used to produce biofuels that can power up a lot of things. You need to find out a oil recycling center in your locality and then deposit the oil over there.

Here are some websites that you can check out to search for recycling facilities near you.

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Besides recycling, another common practice to dispose cooking oil is by throwing it on the soil in your backyard garden or mix it with a compost pile. It is believed that the oil is consumed by many micro-organisms and insects and eventually broken down which improves the quality of the soil.

But many argue that not all kinds of oil can actually be broken down by soil organisms. If the oil stays as it is in the soil, it causes rotting, killing the grass or plants and nothing grows on the oil spot for quite a long time.

So make sure that you dispose oil properly next time. Thanks for reading. For any other questions use the comment box below.

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