You can now easily recycle your cooking oil. Tías has introduced 25 bins for this purpose, with 7 in Tías, 2 in Mácher, 1 in La Asomada, 1 in Conil, 1 in Masdache and 13 in Puerto del Carmen. They are easy to spot because of their orange colour and they look like this:
In my case, this will be easy to do; there is one orange bin right opposite the school in Tías, where I take my kids every morning.
Now, let´s look at some interesting facts about oil…
Did you know that 1 L of oil can pollute 1000 L of water? We can turn used cooking oil into a resource. After going through a series of chemical processes, cooking oil can be transformed into Biodiesel.
Biodiesel is a fuel which reduces the number of polluting emissions into the atmosphere:
• Up to 10% less CO2
• Up to 40% fewer fumes
• Up to 98% less Nitrous Oxide
Negative effects brought about by the bad management of oil:
- Oil solidifies clogging up drains and pipe work.
- Oil works in detriment of the treatment of residual waters, damaging installations and reducing the quality of the water.
- If oil makes its way to the sea, it forms a film on the surface of the water preventing the sea from oxygenating, limiting the development of sea life.
- If oil was spilt directly on the soil, it would destroy its fertility, rendering it unusable for agriculture.
- Oil may contain toxic elements assimilated by plants or ingested by animals, making its way through the food chain.
How do we recycle cooking oil in Tías?
- Store your used oil in plastic bottles, any empty plastic bottle will do.
- When full, make sure you put the cap on safely.
- Take it to your closest oil collection point.
- Put the bottle directly into the oil collection bin, never spill the oil into it.