We should be recycling oil

Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 11:46 p.m.

It makes environmental and economic sense to recycle used frying oil for use in energy-efficient diesel engines. Given "our seemingly endless national appetite for deep-fried foods"-- as noted in The Sun editorial "Driven to Extremes" (July 24), I really think recycling an abundant resource for fuel should be aggressively pursued.

I have also read in The Gainesville Sun that restaurants across from the university were participating in a used frying oil recycling initiative. This initiative should be broadened to include main thoroughfares. Archer Road, for example, has numerous fast food chains. Thus volunteers driving to work on Archer Road could pick up the used frying oil at recycling collection sites for a quick drop off at the university, without being too inconvenienced. There may be other areas in town, such as the Oaks Mall area, that would benefit from a frying oil recycling initiative. Other recycling efforts could include adding cooking oil to the list of recyclable items. If oil is saved and recycled in gallon jars, it might be worth the effort of reclaiming it.

Fast food frying oil is out there. Gainesville needs to recycle more of it!

Diane Forkel,


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