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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Don't be a turkey; recycle used cooking oil

deep-fried turkeyDeep-fried turkey is an increasingly popular holiday entree. Now the City of Bellevue is offering residents an environmentally-friendly way to dispose of the used cooking oil and grease generated in the production of that and other winter feasts.

Drop off the used cooking oil and grease at no cost at the Crossroads Par 3 Golf Course parking lot, 15801 NE 15th St., behind Top Foods. General Biodiesel, a Seattle-based renewable energy firm, will recycle the oil and grease into biodiesel fuel.

This way the stuff doesn't end up in landfills or clogging drains (if you pour grease down the drain, it sticks to the inside of sewer pipes and can build up and block the pipe, leading to expensive and unpleasant clean-ups).

During the holiday season, General Biodiesel will provide several convenient drop-off locations throughout King County, where people can bring any quantity of leftover cooking oil and grease. Locations are open 24/7, and there is no cost to residents or the city. drop-off locations

To ensure safe and secure transport and disposal of your fats and grease, the city and General Biodiesel suggest putting the cooled material from fryers, pots or pans in a sealed container such as a plastic milk jug. At the disposal tank, slowly pour the grease into the collection container to avoid splatters. Be sure to close the community collection tank lid when you’re finished. Take your own containers back home for reuse or disposal in your garbage and leave nothing behind but the oil you deposited.

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