Residents recycle left over holiday cooking grease

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The city of Savannah is inviting residents to recycle their Thanksgiving grease after this week's big feast.

The city sponsored a holiday grease recycling event 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the city's Recycling and Education Complex at 14 Interchange Court off of West Gwinnett Street.

Residents should put their used Thanksgiving cooking oil and grease in sealed containers. The grease will then be recycled by Southern Environmental.

If residents cannot attend the event, they can discard it in the garbage using a sealed container for liquid forms.

Putting fats, oils, and grease down the kitchen sink creates blockages of city sewer lines and homeowner pipes, which lead to sewage spills and raw sewage backing up into homes, according to the city. An estimated 70 percent of all sewer blockages in the city of Savannah are caused by improperly discarded grease.

Blockages happen more during the holiday season when fried turkeys, hams, and other traditional foods are prepared. Fats, oil, and grease are the by-products from frying and cooking using vegetable oil, butter, margarine, lard and shortening.

"I really honestly don't know what the effect is on the environment and nor do I want to find out. I would much rather play it safe," said Deanna Wolf from Richmond Hill. "You know, you don't really hear alot about recycling grease and I've been sort of collecting it over the past couple of years and so, when I heard about it just this morning, loaded it all up in my car and headed out here."

They also include meat fats, food scraps, baking goods, gravy, sauces, mayonnaise, salad dressings, and even dairy products, which are the No. 1 cause of sewage blockages in homes, according to the city.

For more information, please call 912.651.2221.

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