Grease recycling program saves environment, your pipes - Tucson News Now

Grease recycling program saves environment, your pipes

Many of us will be heading to the kitchen this week for Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. And it's probably a good time for a reminder to not pour your cooking grease down the drain. 

There are several reasons why we shouldn't, such as:  There's a good chance it will clog your pipes.  Sewers can back up in homes, businesses and in the streets. And grease isn't good for our environment. 

Instead of pouring it down the drain, you can let the grease cool and put in a can, jar or some other container and simply throw it in the trash.

Or you can participate in the day after Thanksgiving grease recycling event! The Pima County Wastewater Reclamation Department co-hosts five recycling locations around the area, collecting grease from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Here are the locations: 

O'Reilly Chevrolet

6160 E. Broadway Boulevard

City Council Ward 3 Office

1510 E. Grant Road

Pima Vocational High School

5025 W. In Road

City of Tucson Water Plant #2

1102 W. Irvington Road

Sahuarita Town Hall

375 W. Sahuarita Center Way

This program has collected more than 22,000 pounds of cooking grease since 2005.  The collected grease is recycled into biodiesel fuel.  It's just a small thing we can do for the environment.  For more information, click here:





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