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Posted on: November 18, 2021

SWA’s November Household Hazardous Waste Tip – After the Feast, Recycle the Grease

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Fried turkeys are a Thanksgiving treat, but that used cooking oil? Not so much.  

All home cooking oils - frying oil and bacon and hamburger drippings - can cause problems with plumbing, sewage collection systems and septic systems. If dumped down any drain, these oils can clog pipes, even if washed down with hot water. Blocked pipes can also cause sewage backups – an unappetizing thought and potentially expensive repair.  

Fortunately, Palm Beach County residents can recycle their used cooking oil for FREE, including canola, corn, olive, peanut and vegetable oils, as well as lard.  

To recycle your oil: 

  • Allow the used cooking oil to cool. 
  • Carefully pour the cooled cooking oil into a large, sturdy plastic or wax-coated leak-proof container no larger than 5 gallons, such as the original container or a juice carton. 
  • Cap the container securely. 
  • Don’t mix the used cooking oil with any other liquids or products. 
  • Take to any of the SWA’s seven Home Chemical and Recycling Centers.  

The SWA’s locations include (from north county to south county):  

  • Jupiter
    North County Transfer Station
    14185 Military Trail (SWA Road) in Jupiter
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
     
  • West Palm Beach
    Home Chemical and Recycling Center
    6161 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
     
  • Belle Glade
    Glades Regional Transfer Station
    1701 State Road 15 in Belle Glade
    Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
     
  • Royal Palm Beach
    West Central Transfer Station
    9743 Weisman Way in Royal Palm Beach
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
     
  • Lantana
    Central County Transfer Station
    1810 Lantana Road in Lantana
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.
     
  • Delray Beach – West
    Southwest County Transfer Station
    13400 South State Road 7 in Delray Beach
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
     
  • Delray Beach – East
    South County Transfer Station
    1901 SW 4th Ave. in Delray Beach
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

This used cooking oil drop off program is for residential cooking oil only. Commercial and industrial customers must contact a licensed commercial grease hauler for cooking oil disposal. Call 561-687-1100 for disposal options.  

For more information on recycling cooking oil, go to SWA.org/CookingOil.  

In the last fiscal year, Palm Beach County residents recycled more than 49,000 pounds of cooking oil at the SWA’s Home Chemical and Recycling Centers. Overall, the SWA’s Home Chemical and Recycling Centers either recycled or safely disposed of 4.9M pounds of household hazardous wastes.  

Remember, pollution prevention starts at home. A full list of household hazardous wastes can be found at SWA.org/HCRC or call 866-SWA-INFO (toll-free) to learn more about the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County’s Home Chemical and Recycling Centers

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