Used Cooking Oil Recycling
How to Recycle Your Used Cooking Oil
- Let the used cooking oil or grease cool to a safe handling temperature.
- Pour the used cooking oil into a jar or bottle with a lid.
- Take the oil to the nearest used cooking oil recycling bin.
- Carefully pour the used cooking oil into the recycling bin.
- Recycle the oil container, or reuse it next time you fry.
Questions about Used Cooking Oil
- What type of oil can I recycle?
- Any used cooking oil or grease can be used to create biodiesel, including vegetable oil, fish oil, bacon grease, chicken fat, and pork fat. The biodiesel production process at Blue Ridge Biofuels can handle any type of natural cooking oil or grease.
- What kind of container do I need? How big does it need to be?
- Recycling your used cooking oil does not require special tools. Simply fill any available container big or small with your cooled used cooking oil and empty it into your nearest oil recycling bin. Don’t worry if you have bits of batter or food in your oil. Every recycling bin is fitted with its own strainer to take care of larger food particles. You can recycle as little or as much oil as you have. Every little bit helps create locally-made biodiesel.
- How often are the bins emptied?
- Our recycling bins are emptied on a regular schedule depending on their location and how quickly they fill up. If you see a bin that needs servicing or know a good place for a new bin, please call us at Blue Ridge Biofuels at 828-253-1034 ext. 3 or Click Here to email us.
- What happens when you pour grease down the sink?
- If you have public water service, grease and oil collects in grease traps in the sewer system. Over time, oil and grease accumulates causing backups in your home or business’ water system, or worse, full-on blockages of the entire sewer line. On average, Buncombe County spends $200,000 on sewage repairs and $90,000 on sewer maintenance that could be prevented if residents chose to recycle their used cooking oil instead of pouring it down the drain. If you have a septic system, grease and oil can collect in your septic lines and tank, causing pipe blockages and expensive pump-outs by a service company. Pouring your used cooking oil outside can attract vermin and can runoff into streams and rivers.
- What about Can the Grease?
- You may certainly dispose of your used cooking oil and grease by cooling it, canning it, and throwing it into the trash. That keeps it our of the sewer system. However, that means one more resource that could have been recycled is going into our over-crowded landfills. Recycling is definitely the best bet!
Used Cooking Oil Safety Tips
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying. Do not leave frying food unattended.
- Never use water to extinguish a cooking oil fire. Used cooking oil and water don’t mix. Make sure your pots, pans and utensils are dry. Water can cause oil splatters.
- If the used cooking oil starts to boil, remove the pot or pan from the heat source.
- Do not over-fill your pot or pan with oil. Leave enough room for food to be added. If you have too much oil, it can overflow and contact the heat source and catch fire.
- If the used cooking oil catches fire, wearing an oven mitt, carefully slide a lid over the pot or pan to smother the fire. Turn off the burner. Keep the pan covered until the oil cools to prevent it from starting again.
- If the used cooking oil has overflowed from the pan and catches fire, get everyone out of the house and call 911.