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Recycling options for used cooking oil

Fats, oils and grease from kitchens can impact sewer systems in a big way. When poured down a drain inside the house, these items can quickly damage or clog sewage pipes.

Whether your house is on a septic system or connected to a central wastewater treatment system, items like fats, oils and grease can impact your pipes in a negative way. Never pour these items down your kitchen sink. This holiday season, residents can recycle used cooking oil at no cost at locations in Bremerton’s Lions Park and at the Olympic View Transfer Station.

Instead of pouring fats, oils and grease down drains or throwing it into the garbage, recycle it. Kitsap County Public Works partnered with local biodiesel firms to create a new recycling option for residents.

Whether you plan to deep fry a turkey this Thanksgiving or simply cook meats in the kitchen, take your used cooking oils over to these locations:

Olympic View Transfer Station
Kitsap 1 — 360-337-5777
9300 SW Barney White Road, Bremerton, WA 98312
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., everyday

Lions Park North Parking Lot
125 Lebo Blvd., Bremerton, WA 98311
For driving directions, go to www.ci.bremerton.wa.us

RECYCLING TIPS
— Transport used cooking oils and fats in a secure container.
— Avoid spills. Pour slowly and with care into collection tank.
— Leave nothing behind. Take your containers with you to rinse/recycle at home.
— Do not contaminate with bones, food particles or motor oil.
— Make sure you empty your oil into the cooking oil container, not in the used motor oil container.

BENEFITS OF USING BIODIESEL
Studies show that biodiesel outperforms gasoline, ethanol, and conventional diesel in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and in overall fuel-efficiency.

Biodiesel has also been proven to be much less toxic than diesel fuel, and is readily biodegradable. This makes it safer for distribution, use and storage.

Recycling fats into a biodiesel product enhances local economies and decreases the nation’s dependence on foreign oils.

 

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