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DALLAS — As Dallas residents focus on preparing Thanksgiving meals, officials with Dallas Water Utilities urge citizens to recycle used cooking oil and grease instead of pouring it down the drain.
Improper disposal of grease, oils and fats can result in pipe blockages in homes, apartments and city sanitary sewer lines. Those blockages can result in costly repairs and road closures that can inconvenience motorists. While the ongoing “Cease the Grease” program has helped reduce the number of sewer pipe blockages, DWU officials remind residents there is an environmentally friendly way to dispose of the used oil and grease.
“We have collection stations located throughout the city, and we even provide containers to recycle used cooking oil,” said Helen Cantril Dulac of Dallas Water Utilities’ Cease the Grease program. “Our recycling program has helped reduce the number of clogged city sewer lines and the oil is being put to good use.”
In addition to being used to make biofuel to power county school buses, the city is planning to use cooking oil to help generate power at one of their wastewater treatment plants.
“Cooking oils and grease can be broken down into methane gas and that methane is converted into electricity that Dallas Water Utilities can use the help clean our wastewater. This helps reduce our carbon footprint and anyone who recycles their cooking oil or grease can be a part of this initiative,” Dulac added.
For the nearest collection station near your home, go to the “Cease the Grease” Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CeaseTheGrease.