Used cooking oil is found in every household. Every day around the world, homes, commercial establishments such as hotels use cooking oil every day to prepare a variety of foods.
Over the years, more and more research on environmental care has been carried out. It has led to the discovery that used cooking oil is among the leading environment polluters in the world.
To solve this problem, numerous organizations sprung to help lend a hand in conserving the environment by recycling used cooking oil. To succeed in this venture, they have begun educating individuals and commercial agencies on how to dispose of used cooking oil.
Here are some proper techniques for proper used cooking oil disposal.
Let it cool
To effectively collect used cooking oil, you have to let it cool down. Hot cooking oil is likely to cause serious burns and should be handled with care.
Once it has cooled, it is now easier to handle. If it is still in liquid state, pour it into a collection container. If it has solidified, scoop it out of the container or cooking pan onto another collection container. Also, you can store solid cooking oil in the fridge.
Use a specific collection container
With used cooking oil, you should have a specific container in which you collect your used cooking oil in. You could either buy your collection container or get it from an arrangement with a used oil recycling company.
The container should have a good seal to ensure that the cooking oil does not leak or pour. Often, oil recycling companies offer collection containers to households and commercial users of cooking oil. This helps in easier disposal home from the kitchen and collection by the companies.
This also ensures that transporting the oil to a collection point does not leave stains on your car seats.
Do not pour it down the sink
Used cooking oil should not be poured down the sink. Pouring it down the sink causes more harm than you can imagine.
In addition to environmental pollution, pouring used cooking oil leads to clogging the drains. This could lead to hazards both at home and further to larger regions depending on where the drains empty.
Clogged drains lead to poor drainage systems and wasted money and man hours that could have been used more constructively.
Enter into an agreement with a collection company
Once you have your used cooking oil well collected in sealable container, where do you take it?
It is important that you enter into a contractual relationship with an oil recycling company. In this way, all the oil you collect can then be delivered to them for recycling.
These companies provide a way for you as the holder of the used cooking oil to get it to them. They can either collect it from your premises or hotel location or you could deliver it to their collection center.
You can reuse it for cooking
Another way to conserve used cooking oil is to reuse it. Once you are done deep frying your food, you can save the cooking oil for another round.
To ensure that the taste of the previous meal does not flavor your current meal, strain the oil as you empty it into a clean container.
You cannot reuse cooking oil too much as the previous meals’ tastes and flavors will spoil that of the current meal.
If you don’t have a collection agreement
When you do not have a collection agreement, you do not have to dispose of your used cooking oil to pollute the environment.
One of the most recommended methods of proper disposal of used cooking oil is to pour it into absorbent material. You can pour it in sawdust and this will enable you to throw it away confident that it will not destroy the environment.
Cat litter and sand are also some other absorbent material for proper disposal used cooking oil.