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New Grease Recycling Program Kicks Off in Clearwater

3/23/2009 12:14:11 PM

Contact: Utilities Department, 727.562.4960

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mar. 23, 2009

Contact: Heather Shell

(727) 562-4708

New Grease Recycling Program Kicks Off in Clearwater

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The City of Clearwater announces its new Grease Recycling Program, which begins April 1. This new program makes it easy for residents to properly dispose of fats, oils, and greases that can cause serious, costly sewer problems by creating blockages in pipes.

Cooking grease is the primary cause of most residential pipe and city sewer blockages. Other common household oils include salad dressings, meat drippings, bacon fat, and greasy leftovers. When poured down the drain, these greases coat the insides of pipes much in the same way that fatty foods clog human arteries. As the grease builds up, complete blockages result, costing taxpayers and the city thousands of dollars in repairs.

Participation in the grease recycling program is free and easy. Here’s how:

· Place leftover cooking greases, frying oils, meat drippings, and bacon fats in a non-recyclable container like a coffee can or glass jar.

· Bring the grease and oils to the city’s recycling drop-off center at 1701 N. Hercules Ave.

· Pour the contents of your container into our large barrel on-site. This center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Grease recycling is available on a drop-off basis only. Due to limited resources, there currently is no curbside pick-up of oils for recycling.

If a resident is unable to take household greases and oils to the recycling facility, there are other ways to safely get rid of grease:

· Once it cools, pour cooking oil into a non-recyclable package.

· Wipe greasy leftovers from dishes and pots with a disposable towel before washing by hand or in a dishwasher.

· Put fat trimmings from meats in the trashcan instead of in the garbage disposal.

When fats, oils, and greases are not disposed of properly, sewer spills can result. If you see or smell something you think might be a sewer spill, report it immediately by calling (727) 562-4960 Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. After hours, call (727) 462-6633 to report spills.

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