Project: Recycle Your Cooking Oil

One person’s waste is another person’s biofuel.

Cooking oil and grease is hard on municipal water sanitation systems and can increase the energy required to treat waste water. It’s also hard on your garbage disposal and can build up and cause major problems in your plumbing system. Dispose of used oil responsibly through Montgomery County’s cooking and vegetable oil recycling program, where it is reused in animal feed and biofuels. See the Resources tab below.

Montgomery County’s cooking grease/oils recycling locations and guidelines: Montgomery County.

Commercial users such as restaurants can donate used cooking oil to the Vegetable Oil Exchange for recycling into biofuel: Montgomery County.

There are no incentives for recycling used kitchen oil, but if you do it, you’ll eliminate one source of expensive plumbing repairs.

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More than 315 million gallons of biodiesel were produced in the U.S. in 2010 — including recycled vegetable oil. That’s well over twice the 112 million gallons produced in 2005.

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