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Don't Forget To Recycle Cooking Oil This Thanksgiving

Wednesday November 21, 2012

Make sure you save more than leftovers this Thanksgiving holiday, save the used cooking oil from your meal to recycle. Solid Waste Management offers four collection sites to recycle cooking oil. It’s an easy way to make Louisville a more sustainable city and helps prevent fats, oil and grease from entering the sewer system, causing problems such as basement backups and sewer overflows.

First, strain the oil to remove any large food particles then save the oil in a container free of any contaminants. When it is ready to be dropped off, a recycling attendant will assist in pouring the oil into one of the 400 gallon containers placed at each drop-off site.

Accepted oils include olive, soybean, canola—any vegetable cooking oil that is liquid at room temperature.

The service is residential only. Businesses may not drop-off used cooking oil.

Cooking oil recycling is available at the following locations.

Due to the holiday schedule they are closed Thursday and Friday, but will be open on Saturday, November 24, 2012 from 10am-5pm.

East District Public Works Yard
595 N. Hubbards Lane (on the corner of Brownsboro Rd.)

Metro Parks Landscaping
9300 Whipps Mill Road

Southwest Government Center
7219 Dixie Highway

Central Government Center
7201 Outer Loop

(Regular Hours of operation (non-holiday week schedule): Tuesday – Saturday from 10am-5pm)

The oil collection containers will be pick-up regularly by Terra Renewal, a company that won the oil recycling contract through Metro Government’s bidding process. The contract with the company guarantees 100% of the recycled oil collected will go towards the production of biodiesel.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Solid Waste estimates that one to three billion gallons of waste oil are produced each year in the U.S. which could be processed into biodiesel.