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    "Enjoy the Feast, Recycle the Grease" Campaign

    In anticipation of the holiday season, Lynchburg Water Resources (LWR) and the Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) have partnered to encourage citizens to dispose of properly and recycle their cooking oils and grease by giving away free grease disposal kits that can be filled with the drippings from holiday meals and returned to the water providers for sustainable disposal.
     
    One of the biggest issues in local sewer systems is the buildup of fat, oil, and grease in the sewer pipes. 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) and create fatbergs that block the sewer lines and cause costly and unsafe overflows into backyards, forests, and streams.
     
    "A big gift that citizens can give themselves, the community, and the environment this holiday season is to properly dispose of fats, rags, oil, and grease. By keeping those items out of the pipes, customers will end up saving money by not having costly sewer backups. Also, this helps save the environment from untreated wastewater spilling out of backed-up pipes," said Brian Key, BRWA Executive Director.
     
    To help keep our community pipes clean and our environment safe, Lynchburg Water Resources and the Bedford Regional Water Authority are partnering to hand out free at-home grease collection kits. The collected grease will then be recycled into an environmentally-friendly biofuel or be donated to a local farmer for livestock feed!

    "These kits provide our community with the information and tools they need to protect our infrastructure and environment, right at the kitchen sink. We encourage the community to practice proper grease disposal methods during the holiday season and year-round," said Tim Mitchell, Director of LWR.

    The free grease collection kits include a funnel, can lid, sponge, dish scraper, and informational hand-outs on how to use the items and how to properly dispose of the grease. The kits will be available at a variety of locations thanks to a partnership with Lynchburg Parks and Recreation and the Lynchburg Community Market.

    Individuals can pick up a kit at the following locations:
    • Lynchburg Community Market Table will be set up for grab and go from Saturday, November 7- Monday, November 30. Kit hand-out events will occur at the Market on Saturday, November 21 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday, November 25 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Neighborhood Centers (College Hill, Diamond Hill, Daniel's Hill, and Jefferson Park) Available during open hours November 9 - November 30.
    • Templeton Senior Center Available during open hours November 9 - November 30.
    • Lynchburg College Hill Water Treatment Plant Administration Building Table will be set up for grab and go within the front administration building lobby Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Lynchburg Wastewater Treatment Plant Kits are located on the top shelf of the grease recycling container. Plant is open 24/7 for grease recycling or kit pick up.
    • BRWA Administration Building Table will be set up for grab and go within the front lobby from November 9 - November 30, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • BRWA Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility Table will be set up for grab and go outside of the main entrance on November 9 - November 30, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    To recycle holiday cooking oil and grease, simply drop off sealed containers at any of the above locations in designated drop-off boxes during open hours. Citizens can also drop off used cooking oil and grease year-round at the Lynchburg Wastewater Treatment Plant's grease recycling center located at 2301 Concord Turnpike in Lynchburg or at the Bedford Regional Water Authority's Administration Building located at 1723 Falling Creek Road in Bedford.

    For more information about "Enjoy the Feast, Recycle the Grease," visit:

     
    About the Bedford Regional Water Authority: The Bedford Regional Water Authority (BRWA) provides water and wastewater services to the residents and businesses in Bedford County and the Town of Bedford; additionally, the BRWA partners with the Western Virginia Water Authority to serve customers surrounding Smith Mountain Lake in both Bedford and Franklin County. Visit https://www.brwa.com for further information.

    About Lynchburg Water Resources: Lynchburg Water Resources (LWR) ensures that Lynchburg residents enjoy an uninterrupted supply of quality drinking water, reliable sewer service, and proper stormwater management. The mission of Lynchburg Water Resources is to promote the life, health, and prosperity of our community. Visit https://www.lynchburgva.gov/waterresources for more information.