Dispose of your fat and recycle

November 28, 2013

What should Tulsans do with the fryer oil from the Thanksgiving turkey? Don’t put it down the sink and risk sewage backups. Save it and dispose of it properly on December 1.

The City of Tulsa, in partnership with the Metropolitan Environmental Trust (The M.e.t.), will collect used cooking oils following the Thanksgiving holiday.

The event will be Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Central M.e.t. Recycling Center, 3495 S. Sheridan Road.

Fats, oils, and grease aren’t just bad for arteries; they are bad for sewers, too. When cooking oils or greasy foods are disposed of in household drains or neighborhood storm drains, the fat, oil and grease can clog sewer lines and cause damage in local rivers and streams. Such problems can occur any time of year, but are particularly prevalent around the holidays when people put leftover food scraps down the drain or incorrectly dispose of leftover cooking oil.

The City of Tulsa averages 38 grease-related sanitary sewer overflows a year. Eighty percent of those overflows come from residential sources. The cost from cleaning up blocked sewer lines and spilled sewage is pasted on to utility rate payers. Grease-clogged lines can also result in costly plumbing bills; which no one wants to incur those extra costs during the holidays.

Prevent costly home plumbing bills and sewer utility rate increases by recycling used cooking oils and collecting, scraping or wiping meat drippings and other greasy leftovers from your dishes and into the trash, not down the drain.

Tulsans who cannot bring their liquid cooking oils to the Dec. 1 event can still drop off oils to any M.e.t. recycling center at any time of the year. Visit www.metrecycle.com to find the nearest recycling center. For more information, go online to www.TrapTheGreaseTulsa.com.