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Store it, don't pour it: Keep pipes free from cooking grease

The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department will hold its 14th annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Eastside at O'Rielly Chevrolet, 6160 E. Broadway
  • Midtown at Tucson City Council Ward 3 Office, 1510 E. Grant Rd.
  • Northwest at Pima Community College Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Rd.
  • Southside at Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way
  • West at Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd.
  • Sahuarita at Town Hall, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way

Pouring cooking grease and oil down the drain can clog your pipes. Even small amounts of oil build up over time causing blocked pipes and costly repairs. As fat and oil travel further into sewer pipes, build-ups and blockages can occur in the main lines and cause dangerous sewage overflows.

To help keep destructive cooking fat and oil out of the sewer system, store it in containers and bring it to the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department's grease collection.

If you're cooking up gallons of grease and can't wait until after the holidays, you can recycle cooking oils year-round at the Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility,  2947 W. Calle Agua Nueva (south of West El Camino Del Cerro, near Interstate 10), weekdays, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The grease collected will be converted to biodiesel, a cleaner-burning fuel. Learn more at pima.gov/grease.

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