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Elmhurst residents encouraged to recycle cooking oil

Published: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 1:37 p.m. CDT

ELMHURST – After everyone's enjoyed more than their share of turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, The City of Elmhurst is encouraging residents to recycle their holiday cooking oil.

In partnership with School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE) and Green Grease Environmental, the city will hold a used cooking oil collection event the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Cooking oil that is poured down sink drains can cause clogs and breaks in sewer pipes, which are costly for homeowners and municipalities to repair. Oil can also interfere with water treatment at sanitary facilities.

Representatives from Elmhurst, SCARCE and Green Grease will be collecting only cooking oil between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Public Works Garage at 985 South Riverside Drive.

Oil can be transported in a milk jug, five gallon bucket or container it was originally purchased in.

Motor oil and hazardous waster will not be accepted.

Questions can be directed to Chris Dufort at 630-530-3036 or chris.dufort@elmhurst.org.

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