Where and how you can recycle cooking oil

What do you do with the oil you use to cook that no longer serves you? Do you throw it down the sink? If so, it is important that you know that it is a wrong option to get rid of this habitual waste of the kitchens. No longer just because you can spoil your facilities –The pipes are damaged significantly with this oil–, but because you are also damaging the environment. So, the ideal option is that you encourage yourself to recycle it, just like you can do with medicines or clothes.

Where to recycle it

If we dispose of cooking oil down the sink or toilet, this liquid will eventually end up in seas and oceans, contributing to more contamination than they already are as a result of other substances such as plastics.

Although it may seem strange to you or you have never heard it, the truth is that the oil that we are no longer going to use for cooking can be recycled. The vegetable oil that is left over from all our stews, fried or canned foods, it can be left in a clean spot. And in the event that you cannot, you would have to dispose of it along with the rest of the garbage.

To be able to transfer it, the ideal is that you go pouring it into a glass container with its corresponding lid. Thus, once it has cooled down, you can take it to your closest clean point and deposit it where they indicate. In these places, other types of oil – motor or industrial – are collected, which have to be presented in separate containers, that is, the different types of oil must never be mixed.

In the same way, there are companies that are dedicated to collecting this waste, especially in the case of hotel and restaurant establishments, and sometimes they go to neighboring communities to make the withdrawal free of charge.


From the clean point, these wastes are transported to specialized recycling plants that are in charge of analyzing the oil, separating its components to proceed to the correct disposal of those that do not serve, and give a second life to those who are useful.

Its later uses are diverse. These recycled oils can be used to generate biofuels which are then used in the fuels of some diesel vehicles, but also to make varnishes, candles, soaps, lubricants and a wide variety of other products.