GRAND JUNCTION. Colo. (KREX) — All year-round, a container next to the Grand Junction Recycle Center drop-off on West Avenue is available for people to dump cooking grease of all kinds from vegetable oil to bacon fat. Waste management shares how an uptick comes during the holidays of oils and grease disposed in the sewer system.

The program not only aims to reducing sewer maintenance but lessen the amount of sticky pipes in households.

“When it gets in your plumbing, it can cause back ups and clogs,” City of Grand Junction Waste Water Services Manager Kurt Carson warns, “A second benefit is, by recycling it, we can reclaim it and beneficially use it again so instead of it being a waste, we can put it to good use.”

Multiple reuses of cooking oil include making biodiesel, feedstock, fertilizer, cosmetics, and soaps. The recycling bin is taking used cooking oil six days a week but not on Christmas or New Year’s Day.

City Cooking Oil Disposal site hours:

  • Monday-Friday: 7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. 
  • Saturday: 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.