It’s always great to learn something when you’re not expecting to , or when it doesn’t come with a hefty price tag (cough, graduate school class, cough). Tonight, I learned a new environmental tidbit while taking a cooking class. I’m sure you’ve each heard of different ways to handle your used oil, principally taking it to you local waste authority or to a car shop so they can reuse it as biodiesel. Or, perhaps you just throw it away with the rest of your trash (as many sites suggest doing). Here’s a new idea, at least for all you fine people living in the Commonwealth of VA–put it in your recycling. Yes. Put it in a plastic container that you would otherwise recycle empty. The recycling company is supposed to take it to the proper authorities to be recycled. Of course, there’s the remote possibility that they turn a blind eye and just dump it to crumpit.
But, at least you tried. And, if they end up doing their part–as they are supposed to–less will end up down the drain and out to the Bay. Your spinachy food for thought tonight, brought to you by chef Zan Dial (who is a great personal chef, and I recommend).