Recycle Your Cooking Oil

Valentine’s Day may be over, but we are still very focused on loving our environment. Cooking a meal for someone is often a way to express your love, but improperly disposing of cooking oil shows no love to the environment.

In addition, leftover cooking oil can cause serious plumbing problems when it is poured down the sink. It can stick to pipes and cause sewer clogs. Even worse, it can cause raw sewage to back up into your home. YUCK!

So, what should you do with all of that leftover cooking oil? There’s an easy solution! Show some love to the environment by recycling it!

First, find a clean and empty container to put your cooking oil in. You could reuse the container that your cooking oil originally came in.

After cooking, let your cooking oil and grease cool - hot oil can cause burns and catch on fire. Once the oil has cooled, pour the oil into the container. Continue doing this until your container is full.

Once you’ve got a full container of oil, you can take it to a local recycling center that will accept it. Sometimes even local restaurants will take it off your hands. Or, you can keep the oil to make a lava lamp or coat snow shovels so the snow won’t stick.

So, rescue your pipes, keep the sewers clean and show the environment some love by recycling your cooking oil. For more kitchen tips, check out our other posts like how to reduce waste through kitchen composting and how to save energy by grilling.

Thanks Flickr user: Kaustav Bhattacharya