Mansfield Living

Unload grease at city site

The city of Mansfield will be accepting used cooking oil Dec. 6-13 at the Cooking Oil Drop-Off Station, inside the Dumpster enclosure located between City Hall (1200 E. Broad St.) and the Public Library. The city has joined the North Texas Grease Abatement Council, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), the Dallas County Schools Green Bus Project and seven other area cities in hosting the North Texas Holiday Grease Roundup. During this time, participating cities will host special collections for residents to recycle their cooking oil and grease.

“By participating in the regional Holiday Grease Roundup, we hope to raise awareness about keeping FOG (fat, oil and grease) out of the kitchen sink and make it easy for our residents to recycle their used cooking oil,” said Arianne Shipley, water utilities education specialist. “This program will help residents keep their pipes clear, and help protect our water quality by reducing water pollution. And on top of that, we’re producing environmentally-friendly fuels, which improve air quality. It’s a great event to be a part of, and we hope to see a lot of residents taking advantage of the drop-off locations.”

Mansfield residents can dispose of used cooking oil by putting the oil into a sealed, waterproof container, and dropping it off at the Cooking Oil Drop-Off Station. The drop-off station is for cooking oil and grease only, motor oil and other automotive oils/fluids are not accepted. Please do not attempt to pour cooking oil and grease into the 55-gallon drum yourself. City staff will dispose of the cooking oil and grease daily.

The holidays are just around the corner, and so are fried turkeys, buttery foods and gravy. When fats, oil and grease (FOG) are washed down the drain, they stick to the inside of pipes, building up until they become clogs. This can cause sewage to overflow into homes, streets and local water bodies.

By participating in the Holiday Grease Roundup and urging residents to recycle their FOG, the city of Mansfield aims to help protect sewer systems and the environment. The collected cooking oil and grease will be used to create biodiesel or turned into biogas for energy production.

The North Texas Grease Abatement Council, NCTCOG and participating cities are working with a wide range of partners to make these events a success, including Dallas County Schools and the Audubon-rated Tierra Verde Golf Course. Addison, Arlington, Cedar Hill, Coppell, Dallas, Fort Worth, Garland and Mansfield are all hosting collections for used cooking oil and grease. More information about the North Texas Holiday Grease Roundup can be found at www.ceasethegreasentx.com.

The city accepts cooking oil and grease year-round at this location. For more information, contact Arianne Shipley at arianne.shipley@mansfieldtexas.gov or 817-477-2248.

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