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Pima County wants residents to properly dispose of holiday cooking grease

Even a small amount of fats, oils and grease clog pipes, sewer backups and other plumbing problems. 

Grease in the drain can also attract roaches and other pests.

Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation engineers are using the holidays to remind people not to just wash it all down, but instead, to save it in an airtight container and bring it to the 17th annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event on Jan. 8.

This byproduct of holiday cooking can be dropped off at any of seven collection locations across Pima County that day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The collected grease will be recycled into biodiesel, a cleaner-burning fuel than regular diesel.

The event is a partnership between Pima County, Grecycle, Jacobs Engineering, Pima Community College, O’Reilly Chevrolet, and the Town of Sahuarita.

The designated collection locations are:

  • O’Reilly Chevrolet, 6160 E. Broadway Blvd. 
  • Pima Community College, West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road
  • Pima Community College, Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Road
  • Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility, 2947 W. Calle Agua Nueva
  • Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way
  • Pima Community College, Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz
  • Sahuarita Town Hall Complex, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way
  • If you are unable to drop off your grease that day, you can recycle your grease year-round by taking it to Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility at 2947 W. Calle Agua Nueva. The facility is open for drop-off weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For updates about this event, visit www.pima.gov/grease.

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Pima County Wastewater Reclamation Department

Fats, oils and greases can muck up infrastructure and lead to pest infestations. It's why Pima County is asking residents to recycle their holiday drip-off.