Used cooking oils are now accepted at the Sainte-Thérèse multi-recycling center

As of February 11, residents of Sainte-Thérèse and Boisbriand will be able to bring their used cooking oils to the multi-recycling center free of charge (105 , rue Blanchard, Sainte-Thérèse). To do this, they must go on site during opening hours, present proof of residence and return their closed and identified containers to the attendant.

“Every gesture counts when it comes to the environment. We are pleased to offer a free, environmentally friendly alternative to disposing of used residential cooking oils. We hope that many citizens will take advantage of it,” said the mayor of Sainte-Thérèse, Mr. Christian Charron.

 

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It can be frying oil or cooking fat, such as when cooking bacon. It is not recommended to dispose of these materials in the kitchen sink or in the toilets. The cooking oil contained in the wastewater requires additional treatment at the water purification plant. In addition, when the oil cools, it freezes and adheres to the walls of the various pipes, which can obstruct the passage of materials.

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Before disposing of them, it is possible to reuse certain cooking oils. Just filter them, for example using a coffee filter, and put them in a container. The filter will retain the particles, allowing the oil to be used again.

According to Mahoney Environmental there are many different uses for used cooking oil.  Many of these uses are perfect for putting your used cooking oil at home to good use:

Household lubricant: Used cooking oil is an effective lubricant that can be used for many things around the house from squeaking hinges to troublesome locks. Used cooking oil also helps prevent rust on metal surfaces and objects such as tools.

Key lock lubricant: If your key regularly sticks in the locks in your home, spreading some cooking oil on your key will prevent it from sticking.

Lamp oil: If you have an oil lamp in your home, you can use your used cooking oil to fuel the lamp.

Furniture polish and conditioner: If you have wood furniture in your home that looks dull or scratched, used cooking oil can be used to polish and restore the look of the wood. Make a mixture that is equal parts used cooking oil and vinegar and use it to polish your wood furniture.

Removing paint from your hands: Paint is one of the hardest things to wash off if it gets on your hands. You can remove paint from your hands easier with used oil.  Rub some used oil on your hands and let it sit for 5 minutes, then wash your hands and the paint will come off.

Pot and pan protector: Rubbing some used cooking oil on the surface of new pots and pans can help keep them protected. Wash your new pots and pans before you use them and rub some used oil on the surface.

Non-stick gardening tools: Soil and grass can stick to gardening tools like shovels, trowels, and lawnmower blades. Coating these tools with used cooking oil will prevent grass and dirt from sticking to them.

Car cleaner: Used cooking oil can be used to remove tough dirt and debris from any surface of your car including the brakes and the body. Put a little bit of cooking oil on a rag or paper towel and wipe the affected areas.  Used cooking oil can effectively remove dirt, grime, pollen, bugs, and other gunk.

Composting: If you have a compost pile, adding used vegetable oil to the pile can help. Adding small amounts of used vegetable oil will feed the worms that help with the composting process.  Make sure you only use vegetable oil because animal-based oils will attract nuisance animals and cause pathogens to form.

Animal feed: Used cooking oil can be used as animal feed in several different ways. You can drizzle some used oil on the food for your dog or cat which will improve the taste for them and keep their coats shiny.  You can also mix some oil in with the bird seed in your bird feeder.