Cooking oil can be collected, recycled and refined into a wide variety of products, including bio-fuel and detergents.
Cooking oil that is poured down the sink or drain ends up in our waterways where is becomes an environmental hazard. It can also block drains and choke up sewer systems and water treatment facilities.
Instead, used cooking oil can be effectively recycled into a number of secondary products including bio-diesel. Bio-diesel is a clean burning fuel alternative to petroleum diesel and helps reduce reliance on petroleum products and reduce emissions from the transport sector.
Commercial oil recyclers will provide an oil bin and collect used cooking oil on a regular basis. Oil-stream management service providers can offer oil supply, on-site storage, collection and recycling services. Both types of services charge a fee. Most recyclers and oil-stream management providers offer similar collection services but it is important to confirm their recycling policy – some have a zero waste to landfill while some do not specify.
Used oil is collected from on-site storage bins and delivered to a processing facility. The oil is filtered into large storage tanks which are heated and treated for subsequent conversion in to a range of other products including biofuel, animal feed products, detergents and soap, paints and industrial lubricants.