How to properly dispose of cooking oil

4:44 PM, Nov 22, 2012   |    comments
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East Cherry Creek Valley Water and Sanitation District reminds residents to keep oil out of household and storm drains if they plan on frying a turkey.

Cooking oils may seem harmless in the fryer, but they turn into coagulated, lard-like goo when mixed with other wastewater. The oil thickens when it comes into contact with cold water, and the sludge can block sewer lines, causing backups that send sewage back into basements. 

"We know many of our blockages are due to cooking oil or large amounts of grease, especially in pipes that serve cul d' sacs or lower points on our system," said Rick Clark, ECCV utilities manager. East Cherry Creek Valley serves 55,000 customers in Aurora, Centennial and Arapahoe County on the western side of E-470.

Clark says these messy problems are easily prevented by planning ahead. Keep the containers the oil came in, or a five gallon pail with a lid to store the oil after cooking. The average turkey frying vat uses three to five gallons of oil, usually peanut or commercial cooking oil.

Store leftover oil in a warm area where it will remain in its liquid state until it can be disposed of at one of several sites in the metro area. The local program "Holiday recycOil 2012," sponsored by Rocky Mountain Sustainable Enterprises, a Boulder-based recycling provider, has drop-off locations in Aurora and other metro area communities. The Aurora drop-off point will be open Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fire Station 9 (17200 E. Mexico Avenue).  

Colorado municipalities offering year-round recycOil used cooking oil recycling facilities:

  • Arvada - City of Arvada Streets Maintenance Facility - 6161 Old Wadsworth Blvd. OR Indiana Service Center - 6701 Indiana Street
  • Broomfield - Norman Smith Service Center - 3001 W. 124th Ave. - Broomfield, CO 80020 - (303) 441-4800
  • Evergreen - Evergreen Recycling and Transfer Station - 5801 Highway 73 - Evergreen, CO 80439 Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday - (303) 278-8600
  • Fort Collins - Ecothrift - 208 N. Howes St. - Fort Collins, CO 80521 - Open Weekdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. OR Habitat for Humanity ReStore - 4001 South Taft Hill Road - Fort Collins, CO 80526-2948 - Open Monday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (970) 223-9909
  • Longmont - City of Longmont - Public Works Operation - 140 Martin St. - Longmont, CO 80501 - (303) 651-8667
  • Loveland - City of Loveland Recycling Center - 400 N. Wilson Ave. - Loveland, CO 80537 - (970) 962-2529

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