Biodiesel: The afterlife of oil

TED-Ed via YouTube

How Used Cooking Oil Can Have an Extraordinary Second Life

Here's why you should never pour that liquid gold down the sink.

The next time you’re frying something in the kitchen, don’t pour the used oil down the drain; not only can that lead to clogged pipes, you’re throwing out precious fuel. As this TED-Ed video explains, we all should be recycling our used cooking oil because that muck can have an amazing afterlife as biodiesel. Simply funneling the grease into any plastic container and occasionally sending your stockpile to a processing plant can help make sustainable fuels and protect the environment.

Not convinced it’s really worth the hassle? Check out this slick fact: If everyone in New York contributed the grease they throw out in a single day, it would make enough jet fuel to fly to Los Angeles a few hundred times. Visit oil4good.org to learn more about how you can recycle goop into good.

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Lorraine Chow is a freelance writer and reporter from Los Angeles, California. She previously worked for the New York Post's Page Six.