Published on November 30th, 2007 | by Noelle dEstries


Word to the Wise: Don’t Pour Cooking Oil Down the Drain

November 30th, 2007 by

oil.jpg The holidays are officially upon us, which for many of us means big family dinners with a nice turkey, ham, or prime rib in the middle of the table. And if you are one of those cutting edge chefs that likes to deep fry your holiday fowl, unfortunately, this course bring an uninvited guest in the form of lots of left-over cooking oil.

Granted, you probably generate a fair amount of used cooking oil or grease just making breakfast in the morning, but a deep-fried holiday turkey can generate up to five gallons of oil before you’re done. Or the turkey is done for that matter. And this isn’t the kind of oil you can use to fill up your car when you’re finished with it. At least, not without some preparation.

Your first thought might be to dump the remaining oil down the drain, since after all, it’s a liquid. But stop! When dumped down the drain, cooking oil, and especially cooking grease, can clog up your pipes, back up sewer systems and wreak havoc on the sewer treatment plant at the end of the pipe.


Keep up to date with all the most interesting green news on the planet by subscribing to our (free) Planetsave newsletter.


About the Author

  • s

    That is good advice, except it would be very helpful to let people know what they can do with all of that cooking oil instead of pouring it down the drain.

Back to Top ↑
  • Connect!

  • 5 Ingredients For A Green Life

    Green Living Info
  • Advertisement

  • 7 Ways to Go Solar

    Solar Power Growth
  • 8 Electric Car Benefits

    electric car benefits
  • Advertisement

  • 10 Bicycling Benefits

    Dutch Bicyclist
  • Save $10,000/Year Riding Transit

    transit savings
  • Advertisement

  • Electric Cars List (US & Europe)

    Solar Power Growth
  • Top Posts On Planetsave

  • Free News from Planetsave!

  • Tell us Your Sustainability Story!

  • Go Solar

    Want to save the planet? Want to live green? Want to save some serious cash money? Go solar! The cost of solar panels today is at a serious low. Go and get a solar quote and home solar report for your home... and then help save the planet!
  • Search the IM Network