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:
Recycling oil

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?

  1. Store your used oil in plastic bottles, any empty plastic bottle will do.
  2. When full, make sure you put the cap on safely.
  3. Take it to your closest oil collection point.
  4. Put the bottle directly into the oil collection bin, never spill the oil into it.