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Give Your Drains Something to Be Thankful for this Holiday Season: Recycle Your Used Cooking Oil!

The program will run November 1, 2019, until the end of January 2020.
Post Date:10/28/2019

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Give Your Drains Something to Be Thankful for this Holiday Season: Recycle Your Used Cooking Oil!

The City of Avondale announces the Public Works annual Holiday Used Cooking Oil Drive!

The City of Avondale has teamed up with Mahoney Environmental for the recycling program at no cost to the City and its residents. Avondale is the first West Valley city to pilot a program like this. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the amount of sewer blockages and overflows caused by fats, oils, and grease (FOG) disposed down the drain into the sanitary sewer system.

Mahoney Environmental uses the otherwise discarded used cooking oil to produce a clean alternative to conventional diesel fuel that may be used for fueling trucks, buses, and other vehicles thereby reducing hazardous exhaust emissions.

“During the holiday season our wastewater system can be overloaded with FOG, and this costs the city lots of time and money to clean it up. Not only is this costly to the city, but residents may have to call out a plumber due to their drains being clogged, and often paying extra due to the holiday surcharge rates.” said Sal Cruz and Jose Pena, Avondale Environmental Coordinators. “We are keeping FOG out of the sewer lines, thereby reducing the number of sewer overflows, and we are turning a waste product into a valuable resource”.

Avondale Public Works Municipal Operations Service Center (MOSC) – located at 399 E. Lower Buckeye Road, Avondale will be the host of the drop off location, Mondays through Thursdays 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The program will run November 1, 2019, until the end of January 2020.

Last year this program was very successful! Residents typically drop off 500 gallons of used cooking oil each year, keeping it out of the sewer system by using this service station. The program is such a success that staff decided to leave the used oil dump station year-round.

Follow these four easy steps to recycle your cooking oil. 1) Let the oil cool down. 2) Carefully pour the used, cooled cooking oil into a sturdy plastic leak-proof container, such as the original container. 3) Cap the container so it is secure, DO NOT mix with any other liquids or products. 5) Once the container is full bring it to the Municipal Operations Service Center (leave the container with used cooking oil in the yellow bin and we will take care of the rest!). This service is not limited to just Avondale residents.

Recycling your used cooking oil is a great way to protect the environment and keep your sewer free flowing!

We Accept All Cooking Oils: Frying Oil, Meat Drippings, Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Lard, Olive Oil, Peanut Oil, Sesame Oil, Soybean Oil, Sunflower Oil, Vegetable Oil

For more information, contact the City of Avondale’s Pretreatment Program pretreatment@avondaleaz.gov or 623-333-4402
Holiday Used Cooking Oil Drive

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