OAKLEY -- Residents who have been stockpiling their kitchen grease left over from summer cookouts and preparing holiday meals will have the opportunity to properly dispose of it for free this weekend.
The Ironhouse Sanitary District will conduct a household grease recycling event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its offices located at 450 Walnut Meadows Drive.
The district will accept all forms of household cooking grease, such as oil from turkey fryers, drippings from grilled or baked meats and fat from bacon. The collected grease will be recycled into a bio-diesel product that is used to fuel school buses, according to a district news release.
Ironhouse staff will be on hand Saturday to accept the grease, which should be transported in sealed containers. The district also accepts drop-offs weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays, at the district office.
Ironhouse is conducting the drop-off event because the holiday season is among the worst time for sewer back-ups, according to Tom Williams, the district's general manager. Fats, oils and grease -- also referred to as FOG -- can clog sewer pipes when poured down the drain and lead to neighborhood overflows and costly repairs.
"This is a great program that not only helps the district by keeping the grease from going down the drain, but helps schools keep the cost of fuel down," Williams said.
For more information, call 925-625-2279 or visit www.ISDP2.org.