Used Cooking Oil
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How can a community set up a used cooking oil (UCO) collection program?
- What other local governments operate a used cooking oil collection program?
- Is there a capital investment required?
- Will extra staff members be needed for the UCO collection program?
- Are there regulatory requirements for a UCO collection program?
- What is a brief description of how the program functions?
- What is the best way to educate our public about the UCO program?
- What is the best way to control contamination of the UCO container?
- What are the benefits of having a UCO collection program in our community?
- How can we support festivals, fundraisers, and other events that generate a large quantity of UCO?