Disposing of lye

Disposing of lye

Since several McMinnville Bakers Dozen are planning to make pretzels, this conversation from Bread Bakers Guild of America (BBGA) discussion forum should be interesting:

Question:

When you’re done making pretzels, or your lye just gets too cloudy, how does one dispose of lye? Any thoughts or tips would be appreciated. Thanks. — Dean, Illinois

Answers:

1. Dean, I have always poured it down the drain, should help keep them clear. — Roger,  NYC

2. This isn’t much of an option if you live in a rural area and have a septic system — the lye solution completely kills the biologic action that the system depends on to stay alive and well.  Anyone have other suggestions for disposal?
— Larry Lowary, Washington

3. Counties in California are required to have hazardous waste disposal stations at their landfills. hazardous household wastes are accepted at no charge (paints, paint thinners, batteries, mercury gas light bulbs, etc.) however, if you are a commercial business and you admit you are a commercial business they will charge a fee (not terrible). not sure about Washington but worth a look.  — joe artim,  Sacramento

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