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  • Save cooking grease from holiday meals for county's Jan. 14 collection event

    Dec 22, 2022 | Read More News
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    Pima County will hold its annual grease-collection event at five sites across the
    community on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    When you’re preparing this year’s holiday meals, it might be tempting to pour excess cooking grease down the drain. But that’s a sure-fire recipe for clogged pipes and backed-up drains. 

    Fortunately, there’s a green-friendly alternative. 

    Carefully pour your leftover grease into a sealable, airtight container. Then store it in a cool place. Next month, you’ll be able to drop it off at the 18th annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event! 

    This annual event is a partnership between the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD), Grecycle, Jacobs Engineering, Pima Community College, O'Rielly Chevrolet and the Town of Sahuarita. 

    “We always get a terrific turnout for this event,” said Steve King, Permit and Regulatory Compliance Officer at RWRD. “Not only does this help encourage folks to keep grease out of the sanitary sewer system, but it’s also good for the environment.” 

    This year’s event happens on Saturday, Jan. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can drop off your grease at any of these locations: 
    • O’Rielly Chevrolet, 6160 E. Broadway Blvd. 
    • Pima Community College, West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road
    • Pima Community College, Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Road
    • Pima Community College, Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz
    • Sahuarita Town Hall Complex, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way
    Please bring only cooking grease, oil or fats. Motor oil and other hazardous materials are not accepted.

    If you miss the event, you can bring your grease to RWRD’s permanent collection site at the Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility at 2947 W. Calle Agua Nueva, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

    For more details, visit www.pima.gov/grease.