The City & County of Denver is encouraging residents to avoid pouring used cooking oil down the drain
, and instead recycle it. When fats, oils and grease go down the drain, it soon cools off and then hardens inside pipes. This can lead to blocked drainpipes resulting in sewage (wastewater) backing up into homes, lawns or streets. Sewage blockage is not only a serious health and environmental issue, but it also can be very costly to have fixed.
Don’t pour oil or grease of any kind down storm drains either. Storm drains connect directly to the nearest body of water without treatment - be it a neighborhood creek, or the South Platte River. Pouring oil down a storm drain is equally as bad as pouring it directly into a lake, creek, or river.
Residents can recycle their used cooking oil by bringing it to GreatWest BioFuels Recycling Drop Off Center free of charge. GreatWest will be open on the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving from 10 AM to 4 PM and will accept peanut, vegetable, soy bean, canola and corn oil for recycling. The used cooking oil will then be turned into new biodiesel fuel. Residents should let cooking oil cool down and then collect and seal the liquid in temperature safe and leak proof containers.
The GreatWest BioFuels
Recycling Drop Off Center is located at:
- 5380 Franklin Street
- Denver, CO 80216
- Phone: 303-294-0026. Call on arrival for assistance.
- (Normal hours, Mon. – Fri., 10 AM to 4 PM)
For more information go to GreatWest BioFuels
For information on other used cooking oil recyclers in the Denver area, search the Recycling Directory under "Oils - Cooking & Vegetable."