Contributing used cooking oil for biodiesel production is a great way to ensure that your used cooking oil doesn’t get poured into the drain, and then wreak havoc on your drainpipes and the sewage pipes in general. Also, it does ensure that you don’t end up consuming what is not healthy, and yet get some value for your used cooking oil. However, UCO needs to be stored in a certain way, in order to ensure that it can be sold off to aggregators for recycling. Here are a few things that can be done.
At Residential Complexes:
- Most households are not eligible for collection of UCO by aggregators, since they purchase in bulk. However, you might actually want to start a local community initiative and collect the used cooking oil at a designated community spot. That’s what we at Aris BioEnergy facilitate. We offer a container to societies where they can collect used cooking oil together and once it is filled; we pick it up.
- As an alternative, you could also involve an individual who would collect all UCO from all the houses in the community on a designated month of the day. As a result, all the used cooking oil could then be stored for recycling and eventually not end up clogging the sewage pipes.
- For those businesses that have a commercial kitchen, it is certainly possible to collect their UCO and then hand it over to aggregators from the biodiesel industry. It solves a lot of purposes, ranging from government compliances to reducing impacts like clogged plumbing, as well as your civic responsibility towards the environment.
- A dedicated container, with a proper sieving mechanism, can lead to proper storage of UCO which can then be provided to a collection/aggregation agency. Some companies provide complementary containers.
Precautions to Keep in Mind:
- It is advised that the oil containers be stored outside the business establishments. It reduces the chances of accidental spills within the premises, and/or any accidents like burns, fires, or slips.
- Tying up with government-approved collection agencies also helps businesses save up on operational and maintenance costs. It allows them to create a schedule for the collection of UCO, as well as reduce drain-clogging contingencies. This further reduces the disruption time, and thus the overhead cost.
Whether you are a business establishment that generates used cooking oil, or a community of aware citizens; you can collect the used cooking oil properly, fulfill your environmental responsibility, as well as reduce your expenses in multiple ways. So, don’t let this opportunity go to waste. If you need expert consultation, and to find out if we operate in your city, contact us now!