What Should I Do With Used Cooking Oil?

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Source: Wikipedia

In Colombia, we are used to disposing of our cooking oil by pouring it down the drain or by throwing it in the garbage.

According to an article published in RCN RADION in 2015, quoting the Colombian Association of the Edible Fats and Oils Industry (Asograsas), the country reached a total production of 804,478 tons of oil, from which 539,815 were pure and mixed refined oils, followed by margarines with a production of 209,702 tons and 54,961 tons of hydrogenated fats and shortenings.

Recycling of solid waste is common throughout the world. But can cooking oil be recycled? According to the national government, most Colombians are not aware of the proper ways to dispose of cooking oil in order not to generate environmental pollution. (Learn more: Solid Service Management)

“It is a bad habit to pour cooking oil down the drain because it reaches the sewer system and does not allow the wastewater treatment process to be adequate. The most serious issue is when this oil goes to the rivers because it removes oxygen from the water causing serious damage to the life of the ecosystems” as explained by Carlos Jairo Ramirez, director of the Sustainability group of the productive system of the Ministry of the Environment.

According to the radio source, there are initiatives in several cities of the country, especially in Cali and Bogota, that regardless of the limitation of reception sites, tons of this liquid are collected per year for it to later become biodiesel. In the capital, there are about 30 collection points distributed in several areas, one of the pioneers was the Palatino shopping center where more than 200 liters can be collected.

In TWM we have strategic allies which comply with the regulation established by the Ministry of the Environment for the storage, transportation and disposal of this type of waste.