Holiday cooking can leave gallons of unwanted food oil to clean up. Drains and pipes are not proper disposal areas, and many containers cannot handle the heft of these hot, greasy liquids.
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Holiday cooking can leave gallons of unwanted food oil to clean up. Drains and pipes are not proper disposal areas, and many containers cannot handle the heft of these hot, greasy liquids. This year brings a safe opportunity to get rid of it. The South Platte Water Renewal Partners plans the second-annual grease and oil take-back from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 24 at 2900 S. Platte River Drive in Englewood. Residents of the facility’s service area, which includes the cities Englewood and Littleton along with 19 connector districts, can drop off up to 10 gallons of food and automotive oil per household for free. Area residents can see the service map to determine if they fall within the boundaries.Free hot dogs, family activities and educational resources also are included. Residents who recycle their used oil will be entered to win a prize. The facility will not collect oil from commercial businesses. Residents should prepare the oil properly before drop-off. Oil must be separated into different containers and be free of contaminants such as fuels, solvents or water. Cooking oil should be liquid and free of food debris. The facility will not take any oil filters or antifreeze. Recycling oil is extremely important to maintain a healthy collection system and water renewal facility. Used cooking oil can congeal, resulting in clogs and blockages in homes as well as in the collection system. Automotive oil in drains can cause dangerous conditions in the collections systems and damage the useful bacteria at the facility. “This is a great opportunity to actively care for the environment and the wellbeing of our communities,” South Platte Water Renewal Partners Director Pieter Van Ry said in a news release. “We encourage proper disposal practices for our citizens in order to keep everyone safe. For more information, please contact the South Platte Water Renewal Partners at 303-762-2600, email email@example.com or visit the facility's website.
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