What do I do with used cooking oil?

If your community has curbside collection for food scraps, small amounts of used cooking oil can be soaked up in used paper towels or newspaper and then added to your curbside organics bin. If you do not have curbside food scraps collection, small amounts of soaked up cooking oil would go into your household garbage. If you are not sure if your community has a food scraps collection program, please contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline.

For larger amounts of cooking oil there may be other options available as it should not go into your curbside organics or garbage bin. Used cooking oil can be a valuable resource as it can be turned into biodiesel, a renewable non-toxic fuel, and burned as a more sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. Unfortunately at this time a limited number of collection facilities exist for cooking oil. However, an increasing number of communities and organizations are becoming more aware of this resource. To find information on collection facilities in your area, please call the RCBC Recycling Hotline.

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