Cooking Oil Disposal—Clogged Pipes or Clean Energy?

Used cooking oil can be a problem or a solution. When people dump their waste cooking oil down the drain, it leads to major problems. Grease can clog your pipes, which means you have to call a plumber and pay for costly repairs. If the oil gets past your home pipes and into the municipal pipes, it causes even more problems — like backed up sewers and polluted water supplies — which taxpayers have to deal with.

The down-the-drain method of disposing of cooking oil is one of the main causes of blocked municipal pipes. "Fat-Bergs" (like giant white icebergs made of bacon grease) cause sewers to back up and spew you-know-what into the environment, polluting our water supplies. Gross, right? And those problems costs taxpayers money that would otherwise go to important local services like schools, roads, and parks. Fortunately, there's another way to handle cooking oil: recycle it into biodiesel!

How to Dispose of Grease and Cooking Oil 

As a service to our community, Blue Ridge Biofuels provides drop off bins for cooking oil at convenient locations throughout Western North Carolina. We collect used cooking oils, fats, and greases from home kitchens and deep fryers. We keep those products out of our water pipes and turn them into clean, renewable biodiesel.

You simply drop off your used oil and grease. Then, we take it to our factory in Catawba County and recycle it into clean biodiesel fuel and heating oil.   

We also collect use cooking oil from restaurants. If you run a restaurant or commercial-scale kitchen, please see our Restaurant Cooking Oil Recycling services. 

Disposal Locations for Waste Cooking Oil  

Blue Ridge Biofuels provides drop-off bins for cooking oil recycling at more than 35 locations throughout Western North Carolina, including landfills, recycling centers, fire and rescue facilities, apartment communities, grocery stores, credit unions, and other businesses. We want to make it convenient for you to dispose of cooking oil responsibly. 

See a map of our cooking oil drop-off bins. 

Need Cooking Oil Recycling Where You Live?

What if you don't want clogged pipes and you do want clean energy, but your community doesn't have a cooking oil recycling program? Whether you're a local government, an environmental nonprofit, or a biofuels business, there are many good reasons to start a recycling program which can meet community needs, save on expensive repairs, and collect raw materials that would otherwise go to waste. 

Blue Ridge Biofuels offers consulting services to help you assess the need in your community, understand the market for cooking oil recycling, and get the word out in your community about responsible ways to dispose of cooking oil. If you are interested in learning how you can start a public Cooking Oil Recycling Program in your town, call 828-253-1034 ext. 3 or email info@blueridgebiofuels.com.

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