Wheaton Adds Cooking Oil Recycling to List

SOURCE: City of Wheaton

Did you know cooking oil sticks to sewer pipes, causing costly clogs and breaks, and grease can even interfere with water treatment at sanitary facilities? Following a trial run Nov. 30 collecting cooking oil to turn into bio-fuel, Wheaton is making cooking oil recycling a monthly opportunity, the city announced on its website this week.

Now when you drop off electronics or fluorescent tubes for recycling at the City’s drive-through collection each month, you can also bring your used cooking oil and bacon grease and keep it out of our sewers. The collection takes place 9 a.m. to noon the second Saturday of each month at the Public Works Storage Yard, 820 W. Liberty Drive (near the Police Station). The first collection will take place Jan. 11. Bring your cooking oil in a milk jug, bucket or container. Motor oil will not be accepted.

The City will continue to collect electronics (such as computers, cell phones and TVs) and small appliances (like hair dryers, toasters and blenders) and fluorescent tubes (no CFLS, please). Specific information is available on the City’s website.

The cooking oil recycling program was initiated by SCARCE (School & Community Assistance for Recycling & Composting Education). Questions about the program can be directed to SCARCE at 630-545-9710 or visitwww.scarceecoed.org.

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