Learning to deep-fry a holiday turkey isn’t a small feat. You can indeed set the food on a plate and season it perfectly, but what you’ll get after pushing the last piece down your throat will prove that cooking is just half of the battle. Finish your meal and be ready to face a pan or pot of used cooking oil. Where will you take it?
Proper cooking oil disposal is a critical waste concern. If you’re careless about how you discard it, you can end up blocking your house piping and plumbing, allowing for sewage backup into your house or business. Most people assume that melting the used oil with hot water and pouring it down a drain will help.
Unfortunately, this option can’t suffice because drains lack a proper oil management system. Thus, if this oil disposal method hasn’t worked for you, be sure that the problem will continue to persist until you adopt a different and safer strategy.
How can you solve this unsanitary phenomenon at home? The following are some safe ways you can use to dispose of used cooking oil. Try them and see the positive impacts on your drains and the environment.
1. Reuse or recycle the oil
Well, even after feasting on that juicy food, you’ll still feel hungry and cook a different meal. Use the used cooking oil to make foods like potatoes or vegetables. You can even use the oil severally, and you’ll not have any cooking oil waste.
However, avoid cooking fish or meat in oil that has been used repeatedly. While you can use the oil on the same food product twice or thrice, ensure that it’s safe for consumption.
2. Pour the oil out
Reusing cooking oil minimizes wastage. But it’s impossible to recycle it in some instances. If you’ve to discard your used cooking oil, do it properly. Cool the oil and pour it into a non-recyclable container or milk carton and throw it out. The container must be unbreakable and tightly sealed to prevent leakages and spills.
3. Dispose of in a local collection site
Some UK municipalities collect used cooking oil and recycle it. Find a recycling centre near you and deliver the oil waste.
Before taking the used cooking oil to a collection site;
- Strain it to remove food particles
- Put it in a sealable can or container
- Take to a collection site
Some collection facilities can allow you to mix different kinds of cooking oils and fats. Check with your local facility to see if they allow such mixing, and package the oil waste according to the city’s requirements.
Proper disposal of used cooking oil is essential for environmental protection. By choosing one of these options, you’ll save yourself the hassle of taking it to a landfill and use it productively.