Almost all households and restaurants use oil to fry food. It’s a staple in every place where food is prepared, so you can practically find it everywhere. This being said, the problem lies with what happens to it after it’s been used. More specifically, how do you dispose used fat?
While there are a select few who responsibly dispose of this type of waste, some households and businesses, unfortunately, pour it down the drain. And this is a big no no! Here’s why you shouldn’t do it.
Effect of Pouring Fat Down the Sink or Drain
By pouring fat down the sink, it creates blockages in your pipes, and when it happens, waste materials have to end up somewhere. So where do they go? You guessed it, your pipes and eventually the ocean, if it makes it that far.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If everyone pours their used oils down the drain, it can cause massive blockages when combined with other items inside the pipes. These types of blockages create what they call “fatbergs” and blockages in the sewers, so the effect is definitely widespread. And the painful thing is that it costs a hefty amount of money to clear it all out.
What Can I Do?
In that case, how do you effectively dispose of your used fat? Here are a few ways that you can try in your home so you won’t contribute to an even larger problem:
1. Throw it in the bin
This is applicable for fats that immediately solidify. Don’t attempt to melt them and pour down the sink! As quickly as it hardened, then it will do the same once it is in your pipes, causing blockages.
2. Have it chilled in the fridge for it to harden up
Some types of fats don’t solidify instantly, so better put them in the fridge first until it hardens. After which you can put them in with your regular garbage
3. Pour in a sealable bottle before disposing
There are those fats that don’t really harden no matter what you do. What you need to do is to put them in a sealable bottle and throw them in the trash. Some people wrap in newspaper prior to throwing out.
4. Send to a recycling centre
Some communities have recycling pickups and dropoffs for used oil. If you have such facilities near you, then it’s better that you put your waste to good use.
5. Reuse the fat/oil
Most fats can be reused for three to four times. Just keep track of where you use it for and it should be okay.
6. Turn it into compost
For vegetable oils, it can be used as compost, which in turn becomes great food for earthworms. Just be sure to know what you are doing, or else too much of it may cause the soil to not absorb water.