Grease collection event to produce biodiesel fuel
Web Producer: Michelle Weiss
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - An event to collect used cooking grease oil will take place in order to provide a substitute for diesel fuel.
The Seventh Annual Day-After-Thanksgiving Grease Collection and Recycling Event takes place Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to the Clean Cities Tucson Regional Coalition.
“Ordinary kitchen cooking grease build-up can clog sewer pipes, reduce sewage flow and act as a magnet for other debris," said Laura Hagen Fairbanks of the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department. "Eventually this build-up can clog lines and result in sanitary sewer overflows."
The event collected more than 4,400 pounds of cooking oil in 2010 and more than 13,700 pounds since 2005, according to Clean Cities.
“This grease can be easily disposed of in much better ways and used to produce biodiesel, a clean-burning substitute for diesel fuel, which can be used in any diesel engine and will help us to reduce dependence on fossil fuel,” said Colleen Crowninshield, manager of PAG’s Clean Cities Program.
This year's drop off sites are:
East – O’Reilly Chevrolet Midtown – Ward 3
6160 E. Broadway Blvd. 1510 E. Grant Road
One block west of Wilmot Road Between Vine & Cherry Ave.
Northwest – Pima County Town of Sahuarita
Industrial Wastewater Control Park & Ride Parking Lot
5025 W. Ina Road 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way
¼ mile west of I-10
South – City of Tucson, Water Plant #2
1102 W. Irvington Road
I-19, exit west on Irvington Road
Turn right at first light, across from McDonald’s