Pouring grease and oil into the kitchen sink might seem like the easiest and the best solution for getting rid of grease, but it creates clogs even if you use a grease-cutting detergent. An easy solution right now might turn out to be a nightmare in the days to come.
It takes up to six gallons of cooking oil to fry a typical turkey. Unfortunately, very often the grease and oil are poured down the drain, along with the Thanksgiving scraps. What you don’t realize is when that grease gets cold, it gets hard creating a potential clog or at least preventing proper drainage. As more scraps and grease get into the drain, the pipes will eventually clog. On average, homeowners can expect to pay a plumber at least $300 to unclog a drain. The price goes up if the plumber uses a hydro-jetting system to break apart the grease. If the clogged pipe must be repaired or replaced, the price could rise into the thousands.
Recycling holiday oil and grease is a much cheaper alternative to the cost of repairs. Every drop poured down the drain increases the size of a growing clog in the sewage system, so do not let the grease from your feast make this a holiday you don’t want to remember. Recycling centers in South Carolina accept used household cooking oil, and it’s free for all residents. You can find the list of recycling centers we work with on our website (https://gebiofuel.com/services/household-recycling/).
How should you recycle, you ask? Once you are done cooking, let the oil cool, and pour the oil into a container with a lid. Then, take the oil to the nearest recycling center and ask the staff member where to find the cooking oil bin. It is very important to locate the correct bin because the recycled oil is used in the production of biodiesel, but it must be discarded if it gets contaminated with motor oil.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Enjoy your feast with family and friends, and don’t forget to recycle the grease!