Used Cooking Oil is one of the biggest problems of today's civilization and acts as a major factor in degradation of environment, particularly in the urban areas. This doesn’t mean the rural setup is not affected by it. It does get affected, but the results are more prominently visible in the urban setup as there are more densely populated and host a whole lot of commercial establishments engaged in the food and beverages (F&B) sector. Large scale commercial use of cooking oil by the snacks manufacturing industry and the F&B organizations such as hotels, restaurants, caterers, road-side eateries, dhabas, even the street vendors results in the production of hundreds of tons of UCO with no planned and scientific method of disposal.
In many cases, Used cooking oil is dumped and disposed into the drains, sewer or even in rivers and water bodies, but disposing such way has potential harmful effects on the environment. UCO not only chokes and clogs the sewers but also drastically reduces the efficiency of the Waste Water Treatment Plants. Apart from this, when used oil ends up reaching the natural water reserves, it severely harms the aquatic and marine life. It has been found to kill the fish, birds, plants and other aquatic life forms by coating them with oily layers, literally reducing their ability to breathe, thus, choking them to death. It is also a major factor in polluting the water bodies due to its notorious capability to raise the Bio-chemical Oxygen Demand. With the ever increasing awareness among the general masses about the negative impacts of re-using cooked oil on human health, more and more of the Used Cooking Oil is getting discarded and dumped into the environment which tend to cause undesirable destruction to Mother Nature.
According to studies, cooking food with already cooked or reheated oil can cause acidity levels as well as cholesterol levels to rise, in human body. Read here to know why you must pay attention to this extremely common but highly ignored kitchen practice of cooking food in used cooking oil.
Researches show that aldehydes - toxic elements - are produced when oil is reheated. Cooking food by reusing cooking oil can also increase free radicals in the body, which can cause inflammation - the cause of many diseases including obesity, heart disease and diabetes. High inflammation in the body can also tend to reduce immunity.
Moreover food cooked in repeatedly used oil can increase level of LDL or bad cholesterol in the body which can be toxic over long period of time.
Hence it is better to dispose properly the Used cooking oil and re cooking with already cooked oil should be avoided at all cost.
The Food Safety And Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has already issued a guidance note in 2018 outlining the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on handling and disposal of UCO. These SOP's clearly mention that the UCO should not be disposed off into the municipal sewers or drains. Rather, it should be discarded in an environmentally friendly way, preferably by providing it to the authorized used cooking oil aggregators/collectors duly registered with authorized groups. Uranus Oil Corporation is one of the authorized aggregators of the Used Cooking Oil..
The Food Safety And Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has already issued a guidance note in 2018 outlining the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on handling and disposal of UCO. These SOPs clearly mention that the UCO should not be disposed off into the municipal sewers or drains. Rather, it should be discarded in an environmentally friendly way, preferably by providing it to the authorized used cooking oil aggregators/collectors duly registered with authorized groups. Uranus Oil Corporation is one of the authorized aggregators of the Used Cooking Oil.
The negative externalizes of the food processing industry and transportation can be reduced single-handedly with the use of biodiesel. Rancid oil obtained from the food processing industry can be used as an input in the production of biodiesel that is less polluting. Hoteliers and restaurant owners can minimize costs by selling their used cooking oil. This gives them another reason to not feed their customers the food cooked with rancid oil. And there is host of other benefits associated with the use of Biodiesel. Here are few benefits –
Managing used cooking oil and promoting Circular Economy
A cyclical economy is better than the traditional linear economy. Unlike linear economy where the intermediate and final products go through the lifecycle of taking, making and breaking; cyclical economy focuses on recycling, recovering, reusing and reducing. And this is how we do it in Uranus Oil Corporation –
Recovering – We recover the Used Cooking Oil from the restaurants that might have disposed of it without any economic or financial incentives. We buy the Used Cooking Oil at the best market price from them.
Recycling – We recycle the UCO and make Biodiesel with it. Biodiesel lowers emissions of particulate matter (PM), carbon monoxide, and hydrocarbons.
Reusing – Using Biodiesel in vehicles come with multiple benefits as we have already discussed earlier.
Reducing – This process reduces the waste. The oil which might have been wasted earlier will not be wasted any longer. The used cooking oil that would otherwise go into the sewer can now be used to propel vehicles. The entire energy contained in these oils can be utilized this way. Join us in this venture of turning