What Are the Benefits of Recycled Cooking Oil?

Cooking oil can only really be disposed of in one way. Usually, you do this by pouring it into a disposable container and placing it into your general bin. Something you must never do is pour it down the drain. This can lead to a whole host of problems, which we’ll get onto in a moment. 

However, getting rid of waste cooking oil by putting it in the bin isn’t always the most convenient option for businesses. That’s why many people will choose used cooking oil collection services. Here are just a few reasons why you should look to recycling cooking oil above all of the other methods:


By recycling cooking oil, you can help to create renewable fuel

There’s an increasing number of companies who will turn their waste cooking oil into biodiesel, such as McDonalds. According to the fast food chain themselves, they fuel 42% of their delivery fleet on biodiesel. That biodiesel is created from the waste cooking oil that has come from their restaurants. This is something that we, here at Cater Oils, are able to do as well. 

Where we don’t produce the biodiesel ourselves, we send our waste cooking oil to companies that have the right facilities. We send the used cooking oil to specific leading biofuel plants, such as Greenergy. Operating one of the UK’s largest biodiesel production plants, Greenergy is capable of producing 300 million litres of biodiesel annually, according to Farmers Guardian. Learn more about biodiesel here.


Recycling cooking oil prevents blocked drains & sewage systems

If you’re recycling waste oil instead of pouring it down your drain, then you’re protecting the integrity of your drains and sewage system. Pouring oils, fats and grease down the drain is something you should never do. It can cause detrimental problems, not just on your property, but across your entire area. 

In 2021, sewage workers cleared a considerable-sized fatberg from a London sewer, claims The Guardian. Fatbergs are huge masses of fat, grease and oil and they can cause severe and disruptive blockages. The Guardian also claims that sewage workers were down there for around 2 weeks in an effort to clear the blockage completely.

The fatberg, found under Yabsley Street in the capital, could have spilled sewage out and into people’s homes if it had grown any further. Unfortunately, however, fatbergs aren’t a new phenomenon. This was, in fact, the latest in several instances, including one that was found in 2019 and again in 2020, which was said to be the size of an African elephant. If you don’t want sewage in your home or business, then make sure you’re recycling your waste cooking oil.


Recycling cooking oil reduces waste sent to landfill sites

Where we’re often left with no choice but to place waste cooking oil in our general bins. It’s always a better option if you send it away for recycling. This is because any waste sent to landfill poses a problem to the environment. By mitigating the need to send anything to landfill, you’re reducing your carbon footprint and adopting eco-friendly practices. You’ll be able to use the fact that you recycle your waste cooking oil as a USP to your customers. It will also give you the edge over your competitors.


It can be used as animal feed

Used cooking oil can be used for a wide range of different purposes. Where Cater Oils use waste cooking oil to create biodiesel (we do not produce this ourselves), others will mix it with animal feed to make it go further. As well as this, the animals who consume it will see some nutritional benefit. Cooking oils are rich in nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids. These are then consumed by the animals that eat the food. Where farmers are concerned, it’s a win-win for them and it stops used oil from ending up in the landfill sites.


Recycling cooking oil is good for the planet

We’ve already touched on the fact that recycling used cooking oil prevents it from ending up in landfill. But the two benefits go hand-in-hand. The less materials that end up in landfill, the better it is for the environment. By choosing to recycle your used cooking oil, you’re ensuring that it’s reused for use throughout the community. This therefore reduces your own carbon footprint. 

At Cater Oils, we use our used cooking oil to make biodiesel, which then powers vehicles in the local community. However, we do create the biodiesel ourselves. We take play an important role in creating eco-friendly fuel, therefore reducing emissions in the process. Overall, the carbon footprint of both ourselves and those who use our service will reduce significantly. This can only be good news for our planet.


It helps to keep your costs down

You might be wondering how recycling your used cooking oil is beneficial for your back pocket. But if you choose Cater Oils to collect your waste cooking oil, we can either give you cash or a credit note against a fresh supply of cooking oil – whichever you’d prefer. This is a great way of not only getting rid of your used cooking oil responsibly and with absolute peace of mind, but it also keeps you in constant supply of fresh cooking oil. 


Recycling cooking oil is a convenient method of disposal

Asking a waste cooking oil collection company to come and collect and recycle your waste is a highly-convenient way of disposing of it responsibly. Where it’s not always worth it when it comes to domestic use, those who own restaurants, cafes or takeaways would find it most useful to bring in the help of an expert who can recycle your waste cooking oil. 

When at home, you can pour oil into a disposable container and place it in the bin. However, it’s not always a feasible option for those who are dealing with copious amounts of waste cooking oil at once. Recycling your cooking oil isn’t only great for the planet, but it will save you a lot of time and hassle in the disposal of your used cooking oil.


Cater Oils are pleased to be able to offer used cooking oil collection services, as well as provide you with fresh supplies of cooking oil, should you need it. We often provide credit notes against our fresh supply of oil in exchange for your waste cooking oil. For further information about our services, get in touch with a member of our friendly, professional team today – we’re always pleased to hear from you.

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