OAKLEY -- Thanksgiving holiday cooking oil and grease can be recycled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Ironhouse Sanitary District, 450 Walnut Meadows Drive.
Residents are asked to collect their used cooking oil and grease in sealed containers and turn it in at the event. The grease will be recycled into biodiesel that is used to fuel school buses.
Discarding fats, oils, and grease down the kitchen sink creates blockages of sewer lines and homeowner pipes, which lead to sewage spills and raw sewage backing up into homes. Blockages tend to increase during the holiday season when deep-fried turkeys, hams, and other traditional foods are prepared.
Meat fats, food scraps, baking goods, gravy, sauces, mayonnaise, salad dressings and dairy products are the No. 1 cause of sewage blockages in homes.
For more information go to ISD's special pollution prevention website at www.ISDP2.org.
-- Judith Prieve, Staff