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Monday, November 27, 2006

10:23 PM

posted by HGN Secretary |

Metro's Residential Oil and Grease Recycling Program

Metro Water Services, Metro Public Works, the Metro Health Department as well as all residences in Nashville can be effected from improper disposal of residential fats, oils and grease whether that be sewer backups, stream pollution, landfill space used and/or associated increase in costs from repair services.

In a cooperative effort to minimize and/or reduce these negative effects, Metro is beginning a new residential oil and grease recycling Program.
Residents of homes and apartments generate Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) during the preparation and cooking of food. Fats, oils, and grease poured in kitchen sinks or other drains, can cause blockages in the city sewer line and possible sewer line back-ups in neighboring residences, or result in sanitary sewer overflows that pollute our environment with raw sewage. In a cooperative effort to minimize environmental impacts and sanitary sewer blockages, Metro Public Works and Metro Water Services have begun a new pilot program to recycle used cooking oil and grease.

Residential fats, oils and greases can now be properly disposed of at the Omohundro Convenience Center at 1019 Omohundro Place Tuesday through Saturday between the hours of 8:30 and 5:00.

Collect the fats, oils and grease waste in a sturdy, sealed container in order to prevent leaks during transport to the Convenience Center for recycling. Open the lid on the recycling bin, pour the cooking oil or grease into the bin and dispose of the container in the dumpster.

It is estimated that approximately 100,000 gallons of fryer and waste cooking oil is disposed in the landfill each year. The residential grease-recycling program provides an opportunity for customers to dispose of their fryer oil properly to protect the environment, prevent problems in their neighborhood, and utilize FOG for beneficial reuse.