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Raleigh to collect used cooking oil

Posted October 31, 2013

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— The City of Raleigh will begin Friday collecting used cooking oil in an effort to keep kitchen grease from going down the drain and clogging sewer pipes.

Residents and places of worship are eligible for the free collection program and can arrange for curbside pickup by calling 919-996-6890. The oil must be placed in a sealable, plastic container marked “cooking oil.”

The city said it has partnered with Piedmont Biofuels to convert the old grease to biofuels.

The collection ends Jan. 15.

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  • Rolling Along Nov 1, 2013

    Why is the program ending Jan 15? What are they going to do with the used oil after that? Go back to dumping it down the drain?

    If a car is set up properly it can burn straight veggie oil, been there done that.

  • Carolina Nov 1, 2013

    "I am 61 yrs old and I have never poured grease down the drain. Now we have to pay somebody to pick it up? What are we coming to?"

    Article says "free collection program", so not sure where you're getting the idea that people have to pay to get the oil picked up.

  • bill0 Nov 1, 2013

    "It is biodegradable and will cause no harm at the dump. "

    Well, besides filling the dump up unnecessarily. We've already got issues finding enough space to put trash and it's just going to get worse. Everything we can do to keep usable items out of there is a net positive.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 1, 2013

    Lazy people and probably in some cases stupid people poor grease down drains. I have never done that. If I do use any cooking oil, I allow it to cool, THEN I pour it into the trash. It is biodegradable and will cause no harm at the dump.

    " Dependance on foreign energy sources is one of the biggest security threats we face. If we can help undercut that with oil we would normally just throw in the trash, it's a win-win."

    Yep too bad our own Government is standing the way of energy independence.

  • Danny22 Nov 1, 2013

    I am 61 yrs old and I have never poured grease down the drain. Now we have to pay somebody to pick it up? What are we coming to?

  • WolfpackKid Nov 1, 2013

    Excellent! This is by far some of the best news I have heard from the City of Raleigh in quite some time. A sewer truck had to visit our old neighborhood almost twice a month because of grease down the drain. What the city needs to do next is provide grease collection "bins" in addition to their recycle and trash bins. Provide your community the tools to do the job, educate them, and more times than not they will astound you with their willingness to help. I have been a Piedmont Biofuels member for the past two years, and their efforts to get local governments involved in their green, patriotic, and locally sustainable business has been inspiring. By the way, there is nothing free about fuel no matter how renewable it may appear to be. Making good biofuel is hard work and requires passion to stick with it. The crew at Piedmont are mastering the business of fuel production through innovation and community support, while re-educating the public about the need for biofuels.

  • Krimson Nov 1, 2013

    Sign me up! This sounds like a great program!

  • bill0 Nov 1, 2013

    "There are enough environmental WACKOS in the area that could burn it in their Volkswagen and Mercedes diesels!!"

    First, you can't burn cooking oil. You need to process it into a usable fuel. That is what this company does.

    Second, there is nothing "wacko" about using our resources wisely. Dependance on foreign energy sources is one of the biggest security threats we face. If we can help undercut that with oil we would normally just throw in the trash, it's a win-win.

  • goncampn2 Oct 31, 2013

    Why is Raleigh collecting the oil?? There are enough environmental WACKOS in the area that could burn it in their Volkswagen and Mercedes diesels!! You are taking away free fuel from them!!!

  • Ijaz Fahted Oct 31, 2013

    Win win!

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