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Tenth Anniversary

2014 Day-after-Thanksgiving Grease Collection & Recycling Event

Do your part to wipe out grease and save our sewers.

Please join the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department and our community partners: EDGE Group, Grecycle, Pima Association of Governments, and the Town of Sahuarita as we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the annual Day-After-Thanksgiving Grease Collection and Recycling Event.

Friday, November 28, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Just a little bit of cooking grease, if poured down your drain, can:
  • Clog your pipes
  • Force costly repair bills
  • Cause raw sewage to backup into your home
There is an easy solution:
  • Pour your grease into a container and toss it in the trash or
  • Take it to one of our five convenient grease collection locations

Day-After-Thanksgiving Grease Collection and Recycling sites:

East O'Rielly Cheverolet 6160 E. Broadway Blvd.
Midtown City Council Ward 3 Office 1510 E. Grant Rd.
Northwest Pima Vocational High School 5025 W. Ina Rd.
South Tucson Water Plant #2 1102 W. Irvington Rd.
Sahuarita Sahuarita Town Hall Complex 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way

The collected grease will be recycled into biodiesel, a cleaner burning fuel than regular diesel.

If you are unable to make it out to one of our grease collection sites on the Day-After-Thanksgiving, you can always recycle your grease at one of the year-round at locations.

Year-Round Grease Collection locations:

Originate Natural Building Materials
526 N. Ninth Ave. (outside parking lot)
24 hours/7 days a week
(520) 792-4207
EDGE Group
8939 S. Eisenhower Rd.
Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
(520) 790-3341 
Mary's Market
1555 S. Tenth Ave.
Mon.-Fri. 6 a.m.-1 p.m.
(520) 884-8720

Don't Throw Grease Down the Drain!

Ordinary kitchen cooking grease can be a real terror in the pipes beneath your home and in our sanitary sewage system. Over time grease build-up obstructs pipes, reduces sewage flow, and acts as a magnet for other debris.

Eventually this build-up can clog pipes enough to cause a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO). An SSO is the backup of raw sewage into the street, the environment, or even into your home or other buildings through your sinks, tubs, showers, or toilets.

After cooking with grease or oil, allow it to cool and then pour it into a can. It is then safe to dispose of the can in the trash.

Wipe additional grease from pots, pans and plates with a paper towel before placing them in the sink or dishwasher.

Some people save their used cooking oils and grease in order to recycle it. Check out the listed brochures for more information:

What Can I Put Down My Drains?

Are there other substances I should not put in my drains or toilets? How should I dispose of hazardous waste?

Don't put automotive fluids, pesticides, solvents, and other similar substances down the drain. Select less toxic alternatives whenever possible and dispose of any household hazardous materials through the County/City Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program. Wastes are collected at the Household Hazardous Waste Center at 2440 West Sweetwater Drive and at collection sites throughout the city. For information, call 520-888-6947.

Don't put antifreeze down the drain. This will not protect your home's pipes from freezing in the winter.

What about medicines? How can I dispose of them safely?

Medicines should not be flushed. Many medications are not removed through the wastewater treatment process and can end up in the environment when discarded down drains. RWRD participates in the Dispose-a-Med Program, which runs events where you can safely dispose of unused and expired medicines.

If you cannot get to a Dispose-a-Med event, current recommendations are to grind medicines up with something like cat litter or coffee grounds to make them unusable, then throw them in the trash.

Should I flush disposable wipes?

Disposable Wipes Should Not Be Flushed! Disposable moist towelettes allow for the convenient clean up of sticky messes and are very handy during diaper changes. Another common use is to sanitize germy surfaces. Some manufacturers of disposable wipes indicate on the product’s packaging that the wipes are biodegradable and flushable. Because many of us are concerned about the environment, we want to buy products that are biodegradable; when we are told that we can safely flush a biodegradable product, it makes its use even more convenient.

Unfortunately, wipes rarely if ever biodegrade in the sanitary sewer system. However, their presence in the system can cause clogs and equipment failure in lift stations where mechanical pumps facilitate the conveyance of sewage in many areas of community. Additionally, if too many wipes accumulate in the sewer system, they can block pipes which can lead to the overflow of raw sewage into streets, buildings and the environment. When disposable wipes make it through the sewer system to a wastewater treatment facility, they are removed at the front end of the treatment plant and are taken to a landfill.

Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation asks that you do not flush disposable wipes down toilets. Instead, discard them in the trash. The proper disposal of these convenient and useful products will help keep our sewer system flowing properly, thereby ensuring the Department can safely contain, convey, and treat the community’s wastewater.

Can I discharge water from my swimming pool into the sewer? How?

Yes. Effective April 1, 2008, the discharge of swimming pool water into the public sewer system is generally authorized. For detailed information, see Swimming Pool Water Discharge Procedure (revised July 1, 2013).

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