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Pima County offers alternative to pouring grease down the drain

Pima County offers alternative to pouring grease down the drain

Grease and oil collections

In this 2005 photo of Pima County's inaugural Thanksgiving grease collection event, Safety Officer Leon Davis scrapes grease into a container. The day long grease recycle event was put on by Pima County Wastewater Management,Tucson Regional Clean Cities and Grecycle, Friday November 25, 2005. Arizona Daily Star

Pima County will hold its annual event to collect household grease Saturday, Jan. 5, giving residents an alternative to throwing away leftover holiday cooking oil.

The county’s 14th Annual Grease Collection and Recycling event will take place at six locations across Tucson from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Grease collected at the event is recycled into biodiesel.

Collection and recycling locations include:

  • East side at O’Rielly Chevrolet, 6160 E. Broadway.
  • Midtown at Tucson City Council Ward 3 Office, 1510 E. Grant Road.
  • Northwest side at Pima Community College Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Road.
  • South side at Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way.
  • West side at PCC West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road.
  • Sahuarita at Town Hall, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way

County officials warn that pouring even small amounts of cooking grease or oil down the drain can lead to costly repairs as they can cause blockages and damage pipes.

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Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at or 573-4197. On Twitter: @JoeFerguson

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Joe has been with the Star for six years. He covers politics as well as the city of Tucson and other municipalities in Southern Arizona. He graduated from the UA and previously worked for the Arizona Daily Sun.

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