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Frying A Turkey for Thanksgiving? Jefferson County Shows How To Dispose Of The Oil, Save Pipes and Help The Environment

Jefferson County wants toshow residents how to properly dispose of turkey frying oil this Thanksgivingby recycling it at one of our 22 locations. County Manager Tony Petelos will beon site at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Jefferson County re-fuelingstation, 2420 8th Avenue North, to demonstrate the process.

“We know frying turkeys forThanksgiving is popular in the South,” said Tony Petelos, Jefferson County CEOand County Manager. “However, the cooking oil and grease that is used in theprocess can be seriously damaging to household pipes and the sewer system. Weoffer a household grease recycling system that is free, simple and easy to use.Most of all it protects homeowners and the environment.”

How it works

You can find our centerslisted online [click here].There are 22 in Jefferson County, so there is bound to be one near yourcommunity. Simply drop by a center and get a free plastic gallon jug for yourgrease or use one of your own. Once you have fried your turkey or other items,let the grease cool down. Once it has cooled, pour the used grease into thecontainer and drop it back off at the center. And, pick up another containerfor the next time you need one. It’s that easy. 

Guidelines for householdcooking oil and grease recycling:

  • Edible oil products ONLY (cooking oil or grease, no motor oil)
  • Allow oil to cool before pouring into container
  • Pick up one of our free containers (available at each location) or use your own with a sealed lid; NO GLASS!
  • No fuel or motor oil will be accepted
  • Any questions about the recycling program, call 205-238-3876

Do you know about FOG?

We are talking about Fat, Oil and Grease (FOG).All these items left over from cooking at home and in restaurants can causeserious blockages in drainage systems. About 75% of all sewage blockages arecaused by FOG. This cost Jefferson County hundreds of thousands of dollars eachyear in repairs. We maintain and operate more than 3,000 miles of sanitarysewer lines which serve approximately 480,000 users. Recycling householdcooking oil can save everyone time and money.