Recycle Your Cooking Oil

Save Our Planet: Recycle Your Cooking Oil


Waste, notably used food oils, requires a delicate treatment, including the recycling system. However, the recycling system for these oils is just starting to be set up. On the other hand, it is also necessary to create a habit among consumers. Indeed, households are not yet used to sending their used oil for recycling. Since 2012, articles have been published in the environmental code to regulate the recycling cycle of used oil. The goal is to achieve better material recovery and limit greenhouse gas emissions, promoting its return to the soil. Let’s have a closer look below.

Used oil is a problematic waste to eliminate

Used oils are not easy to dispose of, unlike other waste and household refuse. Throwing the bottom of the pan into the sink before washing the dishes is not recommended, but throwing the oil into the garbage is not practical either. The same is valid for frying oil, which is no longer useful. Yet waste oil – both garbage oil and cooking oil – is the number one cause of water pollution in cities. Oil can easily clog drains, but it can also easily pollute runoff.

Oil recycling: for the protection of the environment

Used oil (waste oil and cooking oil) is the primary cause of water pollution in the city. One liter of oil covers a surface of 1000 m² of water, thus limiting the oxygenation of fauna and flora. Recycling is vital to protecting the environment and is a public health issue.

Once the edible oil is disposed of in the sink, it reaches the sewer system and causes:

  • a clogging, bad smells in the pipes,
  • asphyxiation of the bacteria in charge of purifying the water (which prevents its oxygenation),
  • the increase of the maintenance cost (important) of the sewerage systems and the treatment plants,
  • a proliferation of micro-organisms that are harmful to health.

Properly recycle your oil: container, household waste

Recycle Your Cooking Oil (1)

Small quantities of used oil, such as the bottom of a can of tuna, can be disposed of in the general household waste garbage can.

On the other hand, for a large quantity, such as oil from a deep fryer, you must pour it into an empty bottle:

  • to be deposited at the waste disposal center,
  • or to a specific collection point organized by the local authorities.

Be careful! Please do not dispose of your cooking oil in a sink, a toilet seat, or a gutter because the oil clogs the pipes when it comes into contact with water.

Note: since 1992, restaurant owners are not allowed to throw away their used oil in nature.

Oil recycling: biofuel, regeneration, combustion

The recycling of used oil allows the creation of fuel, new oil, or energy. These renewable energies have a low impact on the greenhouse effect. Recycling oil into biofuel is used in agricultural vehicles only as diesel engines can run on vegetable oils. 

 It is necessary to store, collect, and clean it through a chemical transformation to recover edible oil for running a vehicle.

New oil: 45% of used oil is regenerated

You can ideally utilize used oil again. Once treated and purified, it becomes new oil. 45% of the collected oil is regenerated.

Non-recyclable oils: recovered by combustion

Non-recyclable oils are burned to produce energy. They are sent to approved waste incineration centers, and the final waste resulting from this combustion is buried.

Today, to avoid that pollution does not worsen, collections and recycling are the most advised solutions. The collection means are beginning to be popularized, and the collectors are numerous. Hopefully, this way of recovering this waste for future use will bring about a sustainable way of using cooking oil.


Enjoy Green Living on a Disney Trip

There is no place on earth more magical than Disneyland!

Are you a huge Disney fan, as well as an advocate for green living? If so, and if you are interested in a zero-waste Disney trip, do not hesitate to read this article below!

#1. Go Paperless With the Disney App

Have you ever wondered how much paper is wasted printing paper tickets and how many trees are being chopped down to obtain the paper?

Lately, Disney has made some great eco-friendly efforts by eliminating the need to stand in line for paper tickets. Instead, with the Disney App, you simply need to scan a bar code on your phone and you will be granted access to Disneyland.

Moreover, as the app features an interactive and GPS-enabled map, it reduces the need for paper maps. The app can also help you to make food reservations, find attractions and locate your favourite Disney characters.

#2. Green Transportation

Disney takes green living to another level by providing its own eco-friendly transport systems. All the 330 buses that belong to Disney run on a clean and renewable diesel called R50 which is made from cooking oil, non-consumable food waste and 50 per cent diesel fuel.

You can also rent a bike during your stay in Disneyland to enjoy some exercise and the beautiful scenery. And at the same time, you will be contributing to the protection of the environment.

#3. Pack Reusable Items:

  • Reusable Water Bottle

It is essential to stay hydrated during your visit to Disney World and for that, you need to pack your own bottle of water. The use of reusable water bottles is recommended to reduce carbon footprint and decrease the plastic burden on landfills and oceans. Of course, you will be able to fill your bottle as you will find many water fountains and water bottle filling stations in the park. However, it is vital to remember that you won’t be provided with any glasses.

  • Reusable Utensils

In the Disney Parks, you will undoubtedly feel the need to sit on mats and eat some lip-smacking food. So, what Disneyland suggests is instead of using plastic utensils, choose reusable ones. For example, bamboo utensils are recommended since the bamboo is a highly renewable material which benefits the environment.

  • Reusable Straws

As mentioned above, Disneyland is adopting an eco-friendly approach and is thus removing all plastic straws from its parks. However, paper straws will still be readily available.

If you’re planning for a zero-waste trip to Disney, it is better to use reusable straws. Reusable straws are usually made from either bamboo, silicone or glass. However, if you are not comfortable with these, stainless steel straws are non-toxic, unbreakable and free of lead. And, don’t worry, these straws won’t leave a metallic aftertaste in your mouth. However, remember if you are using them for hot drinks, they can burn your mouth as stainless steel transfers heat.

  • Don’t Forget Cloth Napkins

If you are going for a green trip to Disneyland, you must pack some cloth napkins. Why? Simply because it will reduce your use of paper towels.

  • Reusable Shopping Bags

We cannot travel to Disney World and come back without any souvenirs. It is a must! However, make sure that you are bringing some reusable shopping bags along with you. Alternatively, there are some Disney stores which provide these eco-friendly shopping bags.

#4. Recycling

Disney has established an excellent recycling system. Below are some of the different elements of that system:

  • Used soaps, lotions, shampoos and conditioners are collected by Clean the World, an organisation that recycles used hotel amenities, and are reprocessed and distributed to poor and needy people. This activity aims at reducing hygiene-related illnesses. For example, in 2012, 393,000 soap bars were produced from more than 128,000 pounds of hygiene products.
  • Have you ever heard of the Disney Harvest program? This is a scheme created by Disney in 1991 with the aim of ending the hunger problems in Central Florida. As a result, Disney collects unserved prepared food from resort kitchens and distribute it to hungry people. It is noted that through this program, at least 1,000 local children are fed each day.

Adopting eco-friendly measures while visiting Mickey and Minnie is a great way to have a green holiday. Please share your comments and tell us what you think about the green efforts of Disney!