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Can the grease and recycle used cooking oil

As the holidays roll around, kitchens will see heavy use, so its more important than ever to remember to dispose of grease and cooking oil in safe and environmentally friendly ways.

Options exist for both residential and commercial kitchens to recycle used cooking oil/fryer oil into biofuel.

However, grease should be disposed of in the trash instead of down drains, sinks, or toilets. Otherwise it may build up and clog water and wastewater pipes. The safest way is to pour grease into a can for disposal in the trash. It's easy to make a homemade grease can -- use any empty metal can (not plastic, which melts) and disposable, heat-resistant oven bags. Just toss the bags in the trash after the grease cools and reuse the can.

Starting November 29, several area locations will accept used cooking oil in any closed, non-glass container  for recycling into cleaner burning biodiesel by Clean Energy Biofuels. The cooking oil must not contain bacon grease, lard, meat drippings, or water. The organization also operates a service for restaurants.

Keep reading for a full list of locations.

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• Knoxville Household Hazardous Waste Facility: 1033 Elm Street
• Earth Fare (Bearden): 140 Forest Park Boulevard
• Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Office: 3804 Middlebrook Pike
• Halls Convenience Center: 3606 Neal Road (Nov. 29 - Dec. 6)
• Dutchtown Convenience Center: 10618 Dutchtown Road (Nov. 29 - Dec. 6)
• John Sevier Convenience Center: 1810 John Sevier Highway (Nov. 29 - Dec. 6)

Clean Energy Biofuels also offers a free used fryer oil collection service for businesses. The fryer oil will be picked up on a weekly to biweekly basis depending on need. For more information on the service email or call 865.637.6055, ext. 16

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