Whoa! Fat oil disposal boxes

February 28th, 2012
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The Whoa! Fat box is a handy little box for collecting your kitchen oil disposal waste. Courtesy image.

The Whoa! Fat box is a handy little box for collecting your kitchen oil disposal waste. Courtesy image.

Most of you have probably heard of those oil change boxes where you can drain your motor oil from your car — if you do it yourself.

Well, it turns out that Island Shell Environmental Manufacturing of Aiea, which produces the Suck'Em Up Oil Change Boxes, also makes the Whoa! Fat Kitchen Oil Disposal Box.

It's basically a Chinese takeout box filled inside with highly absorbent cellulose materials made from recycled newspapers, cardboards and phonebooks (retail price $3), which absorb your cooking oil.

It takes up to four cups of oil. If you don't use it all up right away, you can store this box under your sink or in the fridge. When done, toss it into your trash can for curbside pickup (the oil will in turn go to HPOWER and be converted back into energy).

The Whoa! Fat Kitchen Oil Disposal Box has a cute logo, a chef pouring his frying pan oil into a box. Photo courtesy of Whoa! Fat.

The Whoa! Fat Kitchen Oil Disposal Box has a cute logo, a chef pouring his frying pan oil into a box. He looks like he's having fun. Courtesy of Whoa! Fat.

The logo is fun and kind of catchy.

Fats, oils and grease — collectively known as FOG — are the city sewer system's No. 1 enemy, according to a city report. When you pour oil down your sink, it cools in the sewer line and solidifies, potentially forming clogs that can cause your sewer to overflow or back up into buildings.

This goes for pretty much any kind of oil, including olive oil (which is what I mostly cook with) for simple stir-fries. It's not just the big vat of oils used to fry foods that we're talking about.

Brothers Chea and CJ Peat of CP Distributions LLC are the distributors of the Whoa! Fat box. They're getting the word out via social media, on Whoa! Fat's Facebook page as well as website.

Chea is actually a property manager, and he can tell you firsthand of the woes and expenses condo associations have had to go through to fix their sewer lines due to people pouring excess grease and oil down their sinks.

The boxes replace more traditional oil disposal methods, which include pouring oil into old milk cartons, jars and paper towels to clean up excess cooking oils. One reader called in to say you could make your own oil disposal box out of recycled half-gallon milk cartons and recycled newspapers — I think you certainly could and that's not a bad idea if you don't want to shell out money to buy a box. You would be recycling and keeping grease out of the sewer lines.

If you don't want to make your own box, then you can buy a Whoa! Fat box. What I like is that these boxes are actually manufactured here out of materials recycled from the island.

If you don't have access to Internet (as another reader informed me), you can pick up a Whoa! Fat box at Napa Auto Parts in Hawaii Kai (333 Keahole St.) and Kaimuki (3562 Waialae Ave.) or at Kale's Natural Foods at the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center (377 Keahole St.).

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