City Offers Free Curbside Grease Collection Through the Holidays

News posted Nov. 01, 2017 - 1:00 pm

The City of Raleigh is offering its seasonal grease collection service, beginning November 1. Residents and places of worship may dispose of used animal grease or vegetable cooking oil free of charge on the same day as their regular garbage pick-up. Simply place used cooking grease in clear plastic containers, seal, and label “used cooking oil” before placing containers curbside by 7:30 a.m. on garbage pick-up day.

Grease down the drain is a top cause of sewer overflows. When people dispose of cooking oil and other fats in sinks and toilets it enters the sewer system and can cling to pipes and congeal with other waste not meant to be flushed, like wipes and diapers. So-called “fatbergs” form, blocking pipes and causing sewer overflows.

Keeping grease out of the drain protects the environment and provides re-use options. Grease collected from Raleigh residents and places of worship will be converted to biofuels, a renewable source of energy used to power vehicles, heat homes, and cook food.

The free curbside grease collection program runs Nov. 1, 2017, through Jan. 15, 2018, and is a joint effort between the City and Key Energy. The program is offered during the holiday season when cooking and resulting cooking grease tend to increase.

Customers must call 919-996-3245, to schedule grease collection.

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