Used Cooking Oil

A used cooking oil collection container Cooking oil, fats and grease -- also known as used cooking oil (UCO) -- have historically been an environmental concern and caused expensive issues for municipalities and homeowners. UCO has become a valuable commodity, and more communities are developing programs to capture residential UCO. When UCO is poured down the drain, it solidifies, reducing or preventing water flow in drains and sewer pipes. Left untreated, clogged sewers will overflow, causing unsanitary conditions. For more information, check out the SSO page. Citizens have learned through municipal outreach programs not to pour their UCO down the drain. Alternatively, it could potentially end up in the trash. Communities are now recognizing there is a profit and environmental benefit to capturing UCO. A large number of communities in N.C. are successfully collecting used cooking oil.