Cooking Oil & Grease

Hazardous Waste Special Instructions

RecycleMore provides a free residential Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) drop-off service as part of our HHW Program.  Most cooking fats will be turned into bio-diesel.  Please do NOT mix with automotive waste (no auto oils or lubricants) – these cannot be separated. No restaurants will be serviced. Maximum is fifteen (15) gallons per person (divided into three 5-gallon containers).

West Contra Costa County residents may take their FOG to the West County HHW Collection Facility or the El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center.

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Never Pour Down the Drain

Do not pour used vegetable oil or cooking grease down your sink drain. Liquid oil can clog the drain and damage pipes in your home.

Let It Solidify

Do not dispose of hot cooking oil until it has cooled down. You can stick the pan in the freezer to speed up the process, or seal the cooking oil in a jar. Then, scrape the cooking oil into the trash (small quantities only – larger quantities should be brought to the West County Hazardous Waste Facility or El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center).

Ways to Reuse

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Filter and Reuse It

You can reuse cooking oil more than ten times. Simply filter out the food particles by straining the oil into a clean container.

Did You Know?

Cars Running on Cooking Grease

Many companies and cities are beginning to ask people to donate oil, grease and fat for the creation of biodiesel. Places all around the country have achieved success, from Hawaii to LouisianaPennsylvania and New York. The homebrew fuel movement has taken off, and biofuels are becoming a competitive fuel choice.

During WWII, Disney Helped Turn Bacon into Bombs

“Don’t throw out those lovely puddles of grease drippings — save them for our boys on the front line.”

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