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News-Sun: Save Your Drain: Recycle Used Cooking Oil

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Naomi Harward/240-298-8362

Looking for somewhere to dispose of all that oil you used to deep-fry your turkey this Thanksgiving? The Clark County Recycling Center is now accepting used cooking oil at no charge.

The center has partnered with G.A. Wintzer & Son Co., a company that collects used cooking oils and greases and recycles them to be used to manufacture animal feed. The company has left one of their collection containers on the recycling center’s site at 1602 West Main St., and residents are encouraged to bring their used oils and greases to be properly disposed of there.

The best days to bring your liquids in to be recycled are during the center’s specialty recycling days on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon, says the center’s director Chuck Bauer.

“People can come any time, but during our specialty recycling times would be the best,” Bauer said.

The center asks that all food bits be strained out, and that it only be oil used for cooking and its associated greases.

All containers used to transport the used liquids will be returned, although Bauer said they are also willing to recycle any containers the resident does not wish to keep.

The container is not self-service, and is normally locked to prevent non-cooking liquids such as car oil from being added. But Bauer said there are typically staffers on hand during normal business hours to assist with the proper disposal.

Clark County Utilities advises against pouring used cooking liquids down the drain, as this is one of the most common causes of drain backups. It shouldn’t be disposed of in the trash either, as it can’t go to the landfills. Bauer said that up until now, residents were running into a dilemma of not knowing where to properly dispose of their used cooking oil.

Adding this new recycling container to the center creates the local outlet for disposal that residents needed.

“Don’t pour them down the drain. Bring them here to us,” Bauer says. “We’ll handle them.”

Naomi HarwardComment