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Enjoy the Feast, Recycle the Grease
We are asking for everyone's help keeping our pipes clear of fats, oils, and grease all year long! You can drop-off grease for recycling at the following locations year round:
During Open Hours (hours vary)
(24/7 look for new kits on the top shelf of our grease recycling container)
One of the largest issues facing Lynchburg’s sewer system is the buildup of fats, oil, and grease in our sewer pipes. This grease includes common ingredients found in your kitchen like vegetable oil, bacon fat, butter or margarine, icing, sauces, sour cream, and salad dressing. When these ingredients are poured down the drain, they solidify in the sewer pipes, mixing with non-flushable items like wet wipes and shop rags, to create fatbergs (like the one pictured below) that block the sewer lines and cause costly and unsafe overflows into backyards, forests, and streams.
There are a variety of ingredients that can contribute to Lynchburg’s fatbergs including: butter/lard, meat fats, grease, cooking oil, dairy products, waxes/petroleum lubricants, gravy/sauces, food scraps, icing, and salad dressing. Thankfully, fatbergs are entirely avoidable! To prevent our pipes from becoming clogged and causing costly environmental problems, simply place these ingredients in the trash instead of pouring down the drain.
Interested in taking it one step further to make something good for the environment? Collect your leftover cooking oil, meat fats, grease, and butter/lard in a container with a lid (leftover sauce jars and cans work well), then bring it back to us to be recycled! The collected grease will then be recycled into an environmentally-friendly biofuel by our local partner, Darton Environmental!
How to Recycle
- After cooking, cool the oil or grease until you can pour it into a sealable plastic or glass container. Other ingredients like gravy, waxes, icing, and salad dressing can’t be recycled into a biofuel, so continue to place those items in the trash and recycle the oil and grease!
- Once the oil or grease is cool, pour it into a sealable container.
- When your container is full, recycle it at our grease recycling center located at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, Lynchburg Parks & Rec Neighborhood Centers, and Templeton Senior Center. You can pick up a new can lid when you drop off your grease!