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Vegetable Oil Recycling

18, نوفمبر 2010

How many people/ who is involved in the Oil recycling movement?

Example of local movements: Clermont County, OH: furnace for public building. [1]

Example of national movement: American Petroleum Institute. [1]

Example of individual movement: Individuals work with local restaurants [5]

Green groups; community members; recycling centers across country, internet sites [2] [4]

There is no national map of locations where oil recycling takes place, nor is there a national number of the population involved. This is mainly because locations depend on the holiday seasons to operate.  However, certain public buildings in large cities, along with local recycling centers, run this program year-round. In addition, there are a countless amount of local articles that depict community activities during the holidays. Many towns, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas, open a local center where community members can take their used oil at the end of the holidays. This oil is used to power furnaces and cars. Finally, some restaurants will donate their used oil to whoever asks so that they may convert it to car oil from their own home [5].

Taxonomy: Cooperative Design

This design is meant for cooperation. It would not be very effective if a few individuals did this entirely by themselves. You can see the obvious dynamic of groups involved by looking at the information provided above.  Although there are individuals working by themselves, these single contributors are still involved in community activities; indeed, they connect online by sharing ways to make fuel on blogs or instruction posts [3]. They also cooperate with corporations. For example, the McDonald’s in my home town sells its oil for a low price to residents for fuel recycling. When the holidays roll around, certain groups will find a location for the entire community to cooperatively contribute.  Sometimes these are organizations [4], but sometimes they are just a group of residents that want to help out. Finally, this design idea holds aspects of national cooperation. Because of all of the attention it gets from news channels and the internet during holidays, many people are at least aware that you can contribute to oil recycling. Since the media encourages this idea, you can easily log onto your channel’s website and find out how to get involved yourself.

Negotiation One:  Seasonal benefit v. year round application

Although the majority of participants help out during Thanksgiving and Christmas, many campaigners for oil recycle are working to make it a habit for people all year round. For instance, the American Petroleum Institute has created a certified website that teaches you how to recycle used motor oil, instead of merely focusing on vegetables and turkey oils [6].  This doesn’t require a celebratory feast; rather, you are helping by recycling something you use every day. One major problem in the negotiation between seasonal benefit v. year round application is the accessibility. Although companies are slowly latching on to the idea of oil recycling, many community groups only open up on holidays. However, this problem has been somewhat negated through the internet. Because of information blogs and how-to’s [3], people can work on their own with greater ease. This individual contribution helps more than you think; in fact, one article stated that recycling two gallons of used oil can generate enough electricity to run the average household for almost 24 hours [1]. By utilizing the internet to bridge the gap between big businesses, holiday groups, and individuals, our nation is slowly recognizing the negotiation between what is normally just a seasonal benefit and what could potentially be a year round application.

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Negotiation Two: Personal vs. Communal Effects of Recycling

Recycling used cooking oil is a smart and practical decision.  This oil must be disposed of in one way or another, whether it is poured down the drain, thrown in the trash, or recycled.  Cooking oil and kitchen grease is the number one cause of clogged sewer pipes, making the first choice ill-advised.  Not only will the oil pollute the water it comes in contact with, but it will most likely clog your drain and become a hassle.  If you choose to throw it away, you are likely to have it spill, in the process of its disposal, once it is in the trash can, or once it leaves you and reaches the garbage truck and the landfill.  This leaves behind a gross mess for you, garbage collectors, and animals who live near/in landfills.  Therefore, recycling the oil is the best option, for you and your community.  Not only will it keep your pipes, home, and environment clean, but it will also be used to create fuel/power.  In a world with a limited supply oil, and an ever-worsening and more polluted environment, this proves to be important.


There are many benefits to using both turkey waste and the unwanted parts of a turkey into biofuel.  Like many biofuels, the carbon footprint of the turkey oil would be far less than that of petroleum based oils.  The recycling of dead turkey parts not only repurposes something that would just go to waste, but it would hopefully help take some of the United States’ dependence on foreign oil away.  Turkeys are a plentiful and renewable resource.  Every year around Thanksgiving there is a countrywide desire for turkey and with all of these turkeys being bought, there are plenty of chances to turn the unwanted, unused bits of the bird in making a biofuel.

A few drawbacks with turkey fuel are that it is not very easy to refine which makes the cost of turning these birds into fuel an expensive endeavor.  Once a manufacturer goes about making the fuel it is then difficult to make a profit off of this yet to be proven biofuel.  The oilmaking process for turkeys has yet to be perfected and the oil produced is more akin to something used for heavy machinery, not something like your Chevrolet or Vespa.


Superior Service Recycling:

“We process 100% of our used cooking oil into biofuel. Superior Service Recycling is licensed and certified with all the required state and federal agencies.”

Pick up:

  • Used Cooking Oil (Oil from Fryer) FREE
  • Lard or Grease (Drippings from Meat) FREE
  • Trimmings/Scraps (.25¢/lb.)
  • Trap Grease/Water (0-110 gallons = $1.00/gallon | 111-1000 gallons = .50¢/gallon)

Earth 911:

Provides basic information on recycling different products and a listing for recycling centers near you. &country=&province=&city=

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Mahoney Environmental and Mendota Argi-Products is a company that recycles used vegetable oil and other liquids. The video below runs through the process of shipping and recycling large quantities of oil.

This is a biodiesel oil recycling system, where the used vegetable oil would be taken and processed into a fuel source.

A European bus service, the Big Lemon, runs all of their busses on recycled vegetable oil, and is therefore an environmentally friendly choice when traveling.