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Don't pour it down the drain! Recycle used cooking oil at Durango's Water Reclamation Facility. 

The City of Durango will be accepting used cooking oil/grease on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday November 25th-27th from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  There will be a collection center set up south of the red building at 111 South Camino Del Rio (the Old Chamber Building) near Santa Rita Park and the Santa Rita Water Reclamation Facility. The City of Durango will accept the oil free of charge. Please observe all construction signage in the area.

Residents should let cooking oil cool down and then collect and seal the liquid in temperature safe and leak proof containers before delivering it to the plant. The oil will be turned into fuel for the wastewater treatment plant.

Pouring oil or grease down the drain can lead to blocked drainpipes resulting sewage backing up into homes, lawns or streets. Storm drains lead directly into the nearest body of water without treatment, so oil or grease should not be poured down storm drains either.

The plant will be accepting peanut, vegetable, soy bean, canola, bacon grease, lard and corn oil for recycling (NO Motor OIL).

General Grease Best Practices

Some people think that by adding hot water from the kitchen faucet, the grease will just disappear. There is some truth to this. The grease will break down with heat from the hot water, but when it cools down it will solidify in your private sewer service, the City sanitary sewer system, or both.

Sewer pipes are sizeGot Greased to accommodate the anticipated maximum flows that can be delivered through the pipe. As fats, oils, and grease (also known as "FOG" throughout the sewer industry) cools underground in the sewer pipes, it attaches itself to the pipe walls and lessens the capacity for maximum flow levels. Eventually, the grease can build up enough to nearly or completely block off all sewer flow in an area near you. When that happens, a back-up in your home plumbing can occur or cause a blockage in the City sewer system that can result in a sewer spill from one of thousands of sewer manholes that we maintain.

Sewer spills could result in discharging untreated sewer into storm drains, rivers, creeks, and waterways in our neighborhoods. Sewer spills impact the environment and the habitat that depends upon clean water to survive.

There is hope and an easy way to reduce and eliminate the problems that fats, oils, and grease can cause in the sewer system! It's as easy as this:
  • Use a standard sized food can with the lid completely removed to pour your household cooking grease into. 
  • As it cools, it too will start to solidify in the can, much like it would have done had it been washed or flushed down the plumbing drains. 
  • When the can gets close to being full, discard the cooled grease can into your garbage. 

This action alone will help to reduce sewer blockages, sewer spills, help protect our environment, and reduce extra maintenance costs to keep the sewer lines free of grease deposits. You "can" make a difference!


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Durango, CO 81303
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