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Home Improvement  /  July 2, 2019

Disposing Cooking Oil Without Dumping It Down the Drain

It’s likely that at some point, you’ll find yourself with an excess of cooking oil that you have no idea what to do with. One thing you absolutely shouldn’t do, however, is dump it down the drain. This is because even the smallest amounts of oil in your drain can build up and cause problems not only to your drain but the town’s sewer system as well. Once this happens, it can easily cause a blockage that can cause sewer water to flow back up your drains.

In this post, Handyman Connection® of West Omaha discusses alternative methods to disposing of your leftover cooking oil.

Bottle It

Whether you plan to reuse it or throw it away, bottling your excess cooking oil is the first thing that you should do. Coffee cans, glass jars, milk cartons, or plastic bottles are always acceptable containers so long as it has a lid. Afterward, you can throw it away in the dumpster or keep it for future use.

Reuse It

On the other hand, cooking oil isn’t exactly a one-off item; you can still use it to cook your next meal. Simply store the excess oil in a container and store it at room temperature until the next time you can use it. Depending on what you used the oil for, however, the number of times you can reuse cooking oil may vary. Health professionals also advise against doing this practice too often.

Recycle It

Depending on where you live, there may be a nearby recycling plant you can take your used cooking oil in to be recycled and turned into biofuel. If you’re uncertain, you can always call the local municipality offices to ask. If there is a recycling plant nearby, you may be required to dump your cooking oil in a large communal vat so make sure it’s in liquid form when you bring it there.

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