Deep-fried foods may not be the healthiest things to eat, but they sure do taste good, don't they? Every once in a while at my house, we'll break out our mini deep-fryer, or a recipe will call for filling a frying pan with an inch or two of oil to cook whatever it is the recipe calls for. I don't like to do it often because the cleanup can be a pain. You can't dump the used oil down the drain or you'll be dealing with clogged pipes in no time. So instead, you wait for the oil to cool down and carefully try to pour it into some kind of container, hoping the entire time you don't accidentally spill it all over the counter or in the sink. Then once you've done that, it's a matter of trying to figure out what to do with the container. Fortunately, the Evansville Water & Sewer Utility (EWSU) has offered to help with a used cooking oil disposal event later this month.

3rd Annual Evansville Water & Sewer Utility Used Cooking Oil Disposal Event

While trying to properly dispose of a quarter or half a bottle of cooking oil can be a bit of a challenge, trying to properly dispose of a few gallons can be even more difficult. With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, people who choose to deep-fry their turkey will use an average of four gallons of oil to cook the perfect bird, and unless they have a five or 10-gallon bucket lying around they can pour it in when they're done, they're stuck trying to figure out a way to get rid of it.

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According to the EWSU, "Fats, oils, and grease from cooking poured down the drain can clog city sewers and private sewer lines, which can result in damage and costly repairs."

On Saturday, November 26th from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM, representatives from the EWSU and American Grease and Septic will be at the Sunrise Pump Station off Waterworks Road at 1200 Waterworks Road in downtown Evansville accepting used cooking oils and grease including, "canola oil, corn oil, lard, olive oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, vegetable oil, and meat drippings."

Anyone wanting to take advantage of the event needs to enter through the north parking lot located across from Shawnee Drive at Veterans Memorial Parkway. Cooking oils and grease will be collected in barrels and will be sent offsite to be recycled.

[Source: Evansville Water & Sewer Utility]

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