How To Recycle Your Household Cooking Oil

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Fried turkey, mouth watering meals, and the cold, hard truth about the leftover grease!


Pouring leftover cooking oil into the trash or down the kitchen sink might seem like the easiest and the best solution for getting rid of unwanted grease, but it creates huge problems for local landfills and can lead to clogged drains and expensive pipe repairs. An easy solution right now can easily turn out to be a nightmare for homeowners and the environment. 

Many of our favorite household meals are fried and use cooking oil that can be recycled, and a fried turkey typically uses between 4-6 gallons. All too often this grease gets tossed in the trash along with our food scraps, or even down the drain! If the cooking oil does end up down the drain, it can lead to clogs and busted pipes, especially during the colder months. Unclogging a pipe can cost on average $300 with a local plumber, and can rapidly increase in cost if the clog is bad or the pipes also need replacement or repair.

The easiest and most environmentally friendly way to dispose of your cooking oil is to simply drop it off at your local recycling center. Green Energy Biofuel provides free cooking oil recycling to over 70% of the counties of South Carolina, as well as several counties in North Carolina and Tennessee. Check for a list of participating counties and their drop off locations for your cooking oil. The combined efforts of our recycling programs and environmentally conscious individuals have kept millions of pounds of kitchen grease out of the local landfills, water systems, and drain pipes. This unwanted oil can be sustainably transformed into renewable energy like biodiesel, which is a cleaner burning and much more eco-friendly fuel source than traditional fossil fuels. Every time you dispose of your leftover oil at your local recycling center, know that you are helping save the world one gallon at a time!

Recycling your cooking oil is quick and easy. Once you are done cooking, let the oil cool completely until it is safe to handle. Transfer the oil back into the container it came in or a similar one that can be secured with a lid. It can be stored until your container is full and then simply dispose of the oil in the collection bin at your local recycling center. These bins are usually underneath the shelter with clear signage, and the attendant can point you to the specified location. it is very important to use the correct container or you can contaminate the contents and eliminate its ability to be recycled.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours! Enjoy your feast, and please recycle your  grease!