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Sewer District launches cooking oil recycling program

North Charleston Sewer District recently partnered with Midlands Biofuels in an effort to escalate its Cease the Grease campaign – and just in time for the holidays too! Midlands Biofuels offers a proprietary grease bin design to properly and safely dispose of cooking grease.

The Sewer District asks its residents to join the Cease the Grease campaign by disposing of cooking grease in one of these bins, available in 3 convenient North Charleston locations:

Used cooking oil recycling instructions

  1. Let the used oil or grease cool.
  2. Pour the used cooking oil or grease into any container with a lid.
  3. Take your cooking oil to your nearest drop-off location.
  4. Open the lid on the recycling bin.
  5. Pour the used cooking oil and grease into the bin, then close the lid.
  6. Save your container for the next time you use cooking oil, or recycle your container.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of container can I use?
A. You can use any available container with a lid. It can be a milk jug, glass jar, or even the same container that the oil came in. Just remember to cool the cooking oil or grease before pouring in your container.

What kind of oil can I recycle?
A. Recycle any vegetable oil (corn, canola, peanut, olive) that you would use to cook and fry.

Why can’t I just pour the oil down the sink?
A. Over time, oil and grease stick to the walls of sewer pipes and cause blockages that can mean a sewer back-up into homes and businesses. These blockages can also cause the sewer to overflow into the streets, putting people’s health and the environment at risk. Sewer repairs and clean-outs due to grease can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, but are totally preventable by keeping oil and grease out of the drain.

When can I recycle my used oil?
A. With the new program, you can recycle your used cooking oil year-round.