The Clark County Water Reclamation District encourages everyone to put their Thanksgiving drippings and leftovers into the trash, not the drain. Recycling used cooking oil over the Thanksgiving holiday, Clark County residents are helping prevent thousands of gallons of used cooking oil from clogging sewer systems.
"This Thanksgiving holiday, residents across Clark County will use cooking oil in preparation of their big feasts, and some may even deep fry a turkey," said Commissioner Larry Brown, Chairman of the Clark County Water Reclamation District Board of Trustees. "Give your drains and your plumber something to be thankful for this holiday and recycle that cooking oil. It helps protect the environment, keeps FOGG from blocking the sewer lines and creates valuable fuel for vehicles."
The Clark County Water Reclamation District, under it's "Pain in the Drain" campaign designed to decrease the amount of sewer blockages and overflows caused by fat, oil, grease and grit (FOGG) disposed of in drains by customers, is partnering with Clark County Parks and Recreation and Darling Ingredients to provide four convenient locations to drop off cooking oil to be recycled. Collection will be available Friday, Nov. 24 through Friday, Dec. 1 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.
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:
- Grease leftover from cooking of animal fats (i.e. bacon grease)
- Vegetable oil
- Corn oil
- Olive oil
- Peanut oil
- Sesame oil
- Soybean oil
- Sunflower oil
- Canola oil (Rapseed oil)
About the District:
The District is in its 61st year of wastewater collection and treatment operations. The agency services the unincorporated portions of Clark County, within the Las Vegas Valley, as well as the communities of Blue Diamond, Indian Springs, Laughlin, Moapa Valley and Searchlight. The District collects and treats approximately 100 million gallons of wastewater each day utilizing more than 2,000 miles of pipeline and seven treatment facilities.