Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Are you frying a turkey for Thanksgiving? If so, the City of Columbia is encouraging you to recycle the oil you use after you're done with their "Southern Fried Fuel" program.
On average, people have three to five gallons of leftover oil after they cook a bird. The city says often times that oil ends up down a kitchen sink, which can cause big problems.
According to the city, backups lead to overflows that can cost the city in repairs. They also say that if you recycle, you can help the environment, since the city will use it to create biodiesel to fuel city vehicles.
A company called Midlands Biofuels collects all the oil that's collected and makes sure it's put to good use.
And this program isn't just for Thanksgiving--they'll take your used oil throughout the year.
City of Columbia residents may drop off used cooking oil for recycling at the Public Works Facility, 2910 Colonial Drive, 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. (The facility will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for Thanksgiving.) Cooking oil should be free of water, soap suds and food scraps, and should be transported in a clean, non-breakable, leak-proof container with a tight lid.
For more information on the City's used cooking oil recycling program, visit http://columbia.sc.gov/index.cfm/cpac/southern-fried-fuel/.