The Clark County Water Reclamation District reminds residents to dispose of cooking oils, fats and greases properly this holiday season. Fats, greases and grit (eggshells, rice, coffee grounds) should go in the trash, not down the drain. Used cooking oil should be recycled.
"Holiday meals and treats are great, but leftover cooking oils, fats and greases can cause trouble if not disposed of properly", said Commissioner Larry Brown, Chairman of the Clark County Water Reclamation District Board of Trustees. "Never send cooking oils, fats or greases down the drain. Even small amounts can cause problems in your home plumbing or further down the sewer line. Recycling cooking oil helps protect the environment, keeps FOGG from blocking the sewer lines and creates valuable fuel for vehicles."
Cooking oils, fats, grease and grit can coat and clog pipes and cause your sewer line to back up into your home, resulting in expensive clean up and repair costs. These items can cause problems further down sewer lines too, causing overflow or backup of sewage into streets and creating a public health risk. Cleaning wipes should be tossed in the trash too, as they don’t break down like toilet paper and can cause clogs. Unused or expired medicines should be taken to a police substation for proper disposal.
The Clark County Water Reclamation District is partnering with Clark County Parks and Recreation and Darling Ingredients to provide four convenient locations after Christmas to drop off cooking oil to be recycled. Collection will be available Tuesday, December 26 through January 15 at Desert Breeze Park and Community Center at 8275 Spring Mountain Road, Mountain Crest Park at 4701 N. Durango and Sunset Park (Administration Parking Lot) at 2601 E. Sunset Road and the Wetlands Park (Nature Preserve and Nature Center Parking Lot) at 7050 E. Wetlands Park Lane. Recycling used cooking oil over the holiday season, Clark County residents are helping prevent thousands of gallons of used cooking oil from clogging sewer systems. Residents can also drop their used cooking oil off at a Republic Services Household Hazardous Waste collection site.
Cooking oil should free of water, soap suds and food scraps, and should be transported in a clean, non-breakable, leak-proof container with a tight lid. The containers are to be left on the pads adjacent to the marked recycling bins. The used cooking oil that is collected will be recycled into biofuel. The following types of oils can be recycled:
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