Each year in the United States, there are millions of gallons of used cooking oil created, much of which is wasted and/or incorrectly disposed of. There is a significant impact on the environment as a result of grease and used oil disposal. Rather than disposing in a landfill or down the drain, a conscious effort to recycle should be made, but many people aren't aware that used oil can be recycled. To help you have a better understanding of recycled oil, here are the answers to the most common questions regarding used cooking oils.

What Type of Used Oils Can Be Recycled?

Any used grease or cooking oil can be recycled and used to create burner fuel, such as biodiesel fuel. The used cooking oil can be from residential or commercial cooking. Some of the most common types of used cooking oils include:

  • Vegetable oil
  • Bacon grease
  • Pork fat
  • Chicken fat
  • Fish oil

What Kind of Container Should Be Used for Storing?

One of the best things about recycling used cooking oils is that you don't need any special equipment to store the oil until you take it to a recycling center. The only things you must do is let the oil cool and harden storing. It's also best to store in the freezer so it will remain hard.

Does the Used Oil Have to Be Strained?

Since recycling centers typically have recycling bins with fitted strainers, you do not have to worry about straining the oil before taking it to the recycling center.  Another concern may be the amount you have to store before it can go to the recycling center; every little bit helps create burner fuel, so you can take as much or as little cooking oil as you have to the recycling center.

Why Can't Used Grease and Oil Just Be Poured Down the Drain?

Whether you have public water service or a private septic system, the system is typically equipped with a grease trap. However, over time, the oil and grease accumulate which causes backups in the water system, drains, and sewer system. The backups may cause the pipes to burst as well as significant overflow in the drain fields, which can attract pests and vermin as well as runoff into rivers and streams.

Recycling used oils has become easier for both households and commercial businesses. There are several benefits that come with recycling used cooking oil, including the production of biofuels that are produced from vegetable oil. Burner fuels emit significantly less carbon dioxide than traditional diesel fuel, help to reduce your carbon footprint on the environment, and prevents the blocking and deterioration of sewage systems.

For additional information on recycling oils, contact companies like Denver Used oil.