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Give Your Drains Something to Be Thankful for this Thanksgiving: Recycle Your Cooking Oil!

Published on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 (12:51 p.m.)

The Clark County Water Reclamation District announces the return of the holiday cooking oil recycling collection at the Springs Preserve. Over 1,400 gallons of used oil was collected last year.

The cooking oil recycling program is a component of the award winning “Don’t be a Pain in the Drain” outreach campaign. The goal of the campaign is to decrease the amount of sewer blockages and overflows caused by fat, oil, grease and grit (FOGG) disposed of in drains by customers.

Used cooking oil that is collected gets recycled into biofuel.
Biofuel is used for fueling trucks, buses and vehicles.

“During the holiday season, more FOGG is generated from holiday cooking,” said Commissioner Larry Brown, Chairman of the Clark County Water Reclamation District Board of Trustees. “Recycling the cooking oil is a great way to protect the environment: we are keeping FOGG out of the sewer lines thereby reducing the number of sewer overflows, and we are turning a waste product into valuable fuel for vehicles.”

The Water Reclamation District has partnered with the Springs Preserve and Darling International to provide a collection site for used cooking oil. The Springs Preserve will be collecting used cooking grease and oil from Friday, November 23 through Monday, November 26 and Wednesday, December 26 through Tuesday, January 15, 2013. The collection site will be located in the South Ticketing Parking lot and will be open 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Springs Preserve is located at 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107.

It is easy to recycle your cooking oil. Using a funnel, carefully pour the used oil back into the original container. Seal the container and bring it to the Springs Preserve. Funnels, for pouring your used oil into the container, are available at the Clark County Water Reclamation District offices at 5857 E. Flamingo Road between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

“Just Can It”! Smaller amounts of used cooking oil and grease should be put into a can and disposed of in the garbage. The website, www.paininthedrain.com shows how to can used cooking grease, and provides valuable information on how to properly dispose of other items that shouldn’t enter the drains, such as expired or unused medicines.
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