With more than 2.5 billion gallons of used cooking oil manufactured in the US every year, proper oil disposal is without a doubt necessary. This is mainly because of the environmental impact of grease disposal which has in the recent past been a big issue in the US and some parts of Europe. It is a menace that is already threatening the environment as much as the greenhouse effect is.
What’s the solution?
The solution as it has emerged lately is recycling, rather than disposing waste oil. The reason is simple. Grease disposal into landfills can lead to long term environmental degradation. Worse still, used oil is often disposed by restaurants improperly through kitchen drains. This leads to sewer blockage, groundwater contamination and clogged plumbing. To understand how serious the matter is, one only needs to take a look at random facts about improper cooking oil removal and disposal.
- One liter of waste cooking oil can contaminate one million liters of groundwater
- San Francisco alone spends more than $3.5 million annually to unclog sewer lines, a significant contributor to the problem being used cooking oil poured down drains
- Domestic animals exposed to large amounts of improperly disposed cooking oil are susceptible to smothering, suffocation and coating of feathers and fur
Advantages of recycling cooking oil
Nearly all cities have implemented grease recycling programs. That is notwithstanding the fact that there are already several companies offering affordable cooking oil recycling as well as grease trap cleaning services. That said, seeking the services of one of these companies should not be a problem. The used cooking oil that would have otherwise been improperly disposed will be recycled into biofuel. Better yet, you will be saving your city money that they would have spent to unclog sewer system. If you care about animals, you will save not just one or two, but many of them from risks of smothering, suffocation and coating their feathers or fur.