Recycling Cooking Oil
Cooking oil is a very useful substance for recycling. It’s produced in enormous volumes by businesses and, instead of letting this potential resource go to waste, companies have started to find ways to recycle and reprocess it into very useful products.
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One of the most famous uses for recycled cooking oil is as biodiesel. Biodiesel is an alternative fuel that can be used to power special converted vehicles. This fuel contains a great deal of potential energy and, compared to releasing the energy contained in gasoline, it produces much less carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and other pollutants than petroleum combustion produces. There are quite a few biofuel powered vehicles on the road right now and biodiesel is one of the most popular of the fuels in use.
Biodiesel also has a benefit in that recycling it prevents it from being disposed of down drains, which can cause huge problems with city sewers due to clogging. This may seem like a small benefit, but imagine the impact of having millions of people recycle their used cooking oil rather than dumping it down the drain! The potential benefits are impressive.
It takes quite a bit of machinery and a complex process to produce biodiesel from recycled cooking oil. This is why the industry is dominated by large companies that collect the cooking oil from large producers, such as restaurants. It’s something that homeowners can participate in, however. Check with your local municipality for details.
In plants, the cooking oil is put through a process that eventually produces the highly-flammable biodiesel. This is sent to fueling stations, just as is the case with gasoline. The difference is that the material that is recycled is renewable and that resulting product is very easy on the environment when used.