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Lee County Solid Waste urging residents to recycle cooking oil following holiday meals

By Staff | Nov 20, 2018

The Lee County Solid Waste Division appreciates residents’ recycling efforts and would like this opportunity at the holidays to remind them of the county’s cooking oil recycling program.

Many families enjoy deep-fried turkey over the holidays. Disposing of the leftover cooking oil does not have to be a challenge. Residents may deliver liquid cooking oils at no charge to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 6441 Topaz Court, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month. Please transport used oils or grease in sealed, unbreakable, leak-proof containers. This service is available year-round.

Never pour cooking oil and grease down the kitchen’s drain. This causes costly problems for a home’s plumbing and the county’s sewer plants. In addition, please do not dispose of cooking oil in regular garbage collection. This may cause spillage on roadways and make it unsafe for your neighbors and collection crews.

Lee County Solid Waste administrative offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, and will reopen on Monday, Nov. 26.

Having clearly marked recycling bins available during your holiday celebrations will significantly reduce the number of times you have to take out the trash as well as the amount of garbage being generated. Be sure to recycle all of your paper, plastic containers, cardboard, aluminum and tin cans, and glass bottles and jars. Each item should be free of food residue before being placed in the recycling bin. Paper plates, used napkins and plastic silverware are not recyclable.

For more information about recycling and waste disposal, please contact Lee County Solid Waste at 239-533-8000 or visit us at www.leegov.com/solidwaste.