How do I dispose of the oil from our fried Thanksgiving turkey?

In my former life I worked in the Water Quality Division of a regulatory agency. My duties included finding sewer overflows and tracking down the source. The running joke in my family was that I spent 6 years in college (this includes a Masters program) to chase poo.  Its sounds funny but this was important work because sewer overflows are a major source of contamination in our waterways.

So what does me chasing poo have to do with a fried Turkey? Well, it takes 3 to 5 gallons of oil to fry a turkey and afterwards this oil must be disposed of. Most of the time our first instinct is to dump the oil, either outside or down the drain. Both of these options can have negative environmental effects. Dumping any amount of cooking oil outside exposes it to the elements, there it can harm wildlife and make its way into waterways. Pouring oil down the drain can cause grease to cling to pipes causing clogs and massive damage to pipes and sewers.

Recycling is the best option for disposing of leftover cooking oil. First drain the oil to remove food particles, then pour the oil into a sealed container. It can then be dropped off at your local recycler. If this is not available in your area, drop the sealed container into the trash can. Its not as “green” as recycling but still a much better option than the drain or backyard.

Source: Earth 911.c0m

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