Our city has a quarterly newsletter that was recently delivered to our home. I was shocked to see them tell residents that when desposing of cooking oil it needs to be put in a tightly sealed insulated container and taken to the hazardous waste site. It should never be put in the garbage.
I was startled and concerned about this as we consume this product in small quantities. After reading up on it I found that they would like it to be disposed of in this manner as it clogs drain pipes and sewer pipes, makes a mess in garbage trucks and they would like to recycle it, which is understandable. I also found out that they want to keep it out of out waterways as 1 liter can contaminate up to 1,000,000 cubic feet of water. All of these were very good reasons to recycle.
THEN I found out what they recycle it into.. Animal feed and soaps are the main thing. I don't agree with the animal feed as they also recycle lard. I am the most concerned with the fact that they turn it into soap. They claim that it has a profound impact on our waterways, however they are just putting it into the water. How can this be. Is it processed in such a way that it is no longer hazardous?
I just don't get it. Any insight would be helpful!