The City of Avondale has teamed up with Mahoney Environmental for the oil recycling program at no cost to the City and its residents. Avondale was 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, which costs the City lots of time and money to clean it up. Not only is this costly to the City, but also residents may have to call a plumber to unclog their drains, 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 6:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The program will run November 1, 2018, until the end of January 2019. Last year this program was very successful! Each year residents typically keep 500 gallons of used cooking oil out of the sewer system by using this service station. In fact, 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.
- Let the oil cool down.
- Carefully pour the cooled cooking oil into a sturdy plastic leak-proof container, such as the original container.
- Cap the container so it is secure.
- DO NOT mix with any other liquids or products.
- Once the container is full bring it to the MOSC.
- Leave the container with used cooking oil in the yellow bin and we will take care of the rest!
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.
Recycling your used cooking oil is a great way to protect the environment and keep your sewer free flowing! This service is not limited to just Avondale residents. For more information, contact the City of Avondale’s Pretreatment Program email@example.com or 623-333-4402