The city of Avondale and Mahoney Environmental offer a no-cost oil recycling program for residents.
The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of sewer blockages and overflows caused by fats, oils, and grease - collectively known as FOG - disposed down the drain into the sanitary sewer system.
Mahoney Environmental uses the otherwise discarded used cooking oil to produce a clean alternative to conventional diesel fuel that may be used for fueling trucks, buses, and other vehicles thereby reducing hazardous exhaust emissions.
Through Jan. 31, residents can drop their fats, oils and grease off from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at Avondale Public Works Municipal Operations Service Center, 399 E. Lower Buckeye Road.
Last year, Avondale residents dropped off 500 gallons of used cooking oil, keeping the FOG out of the sewer system by using this service station. The city advises four steps:
1. Let the oil cool down.
2. Carefully pour the used, cooled cooking oil into a sturdy plastic leak-proof container, such as the original container.
3. Cap the container so it is secure, DO NOT mix with any other liquids or products.
4. Once the container is full bring it to the Municipal Operations Service Center. Leave the container with used cooking oil in the yellow bin.
All cooking oils are accepted, including canola, corn, olive, peanut, sesame, sunflower, soybean and vegetable.
For more information, contact the city of Avondale’s Pretreatment Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 623-333-4402.