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  • RWRD Participates in the Ninth Annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event

    Dec 19, 2013 | Read More News
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    The ninth annual Day-After-Thanksgiving Grease Collection and Grease PourRecycling event was held on Friday, November 29, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

    Staff and volunteers from RWRD and our community partners: EDG Fuels, Grecycle and Pima Association of Governments were on hand to collect used cooking oil and grease at four Tucson locations and one location in Sahuarita.

    RWRD employees - Laura Hagen Fairbanks, Chris Hernandez, Steve King, Mike Silva, Lorraine Simon, Lilian von Rago, Ricky Wascher and William Welchert - gave up their newest Pima County holiday to do their part to keep grease out of our sewer system. A special thank you to Matthew Fairbanks, Laura’s son, who lent his muscle power to pour gallons of used cooking oil into the collection container at the O’Reilly Chevrolet site.

    This year’s locations included:

    • East—O’Rielly Chevrolet 6160 E. Broadway Blvd.
    • Midtown – City Council Ward 3 Office 1510 E. Grant Road
    • Northwest – Pima Vocational High School 5025 W. Ina Road
    • South – City of Tucson Water Plant #2 1102 W. Irvington Road
    • Sahuarita 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way

    There were several new additions to this year’s event. The Tucson Fire Department had a fire truck and fire crew on hand to help with the first grease pour at O’Rielly Chevrolet. Unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program were collected at two grease collection locations, O’Rielly Chevrolet and Tucson Water Plant #2. In addition, a radio remote was held on 1600 AM, Tejano, at our South location. Community Relations staff member Ricky Wascher was interviews four times over the course of the day and drove home the message that grease should never be poured down drains.

    The grease collection and recycling event is held every year on the Day-After-Thanksgiving to remind area residents to not pour grease down the drain. Thanksgiving is traditionally a high volume cooking day. Grease that gets into the sewer system can clog sewer pipes, cause backups and be costly to fix.

    The grease that was collected during this event was provided to local companies (EDG Fuels and Grecycle) that produce biodiesel. Biodiesel is a cleaner burning fuel helps to reduce our dependence on petroleum.

    This year 2,340 pounds of used cooking oil and grease were collected in Pima County at five locations. An additional 780 pounds were collected in Sierra Vista. In total, 3,120 pounds of grease were collected in Southern Arizona. Since the event began in 2005, 25,178 pounds of grease have been collected at these events and then recycled into biodiesel.

    If you were not able to make it out to this event, and are interested in recycling your used cooking oil year round there are a number of locations that accept used oils for this purpose:

    Annual Grease Drop Off Locations

    EDG Fuels                          Mary's Market                        Originate Natural Building Materials
    8939 S. Eisenhower Road 1555 S. Tenth Avenue 526 N. Ninth Avenue
    (520) 790-3341 (520) 884-8720 (520) 792-4207
    (Mon.-Fri.) 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) 6 a.m. - 1 p.m. (Tues.-Fri.) 12 - 6 p.m.
    (Sat.) 12 - 4 p.m.