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Posted on: November 1, 2017

[ARCHIVED] SWA’s November Household Hazardous Waste Tip: Don’t be a turkey… Recycle used cooking oil

Fried turkeys are a Thanksgiving treat, but that used cooking oil? Not so much.

All home cooking oils - frying oil and bacon and hamburger drippings - can cause problems in home plumbing, sewage collection systems and septic systems. If dumped down any drain, these oils can clog pipes, even if washed down with hot water. Blocked pipes can also cause sewage backups – an unappetizing thought and potentially expensive repair.

Fortunately, Palm Beach County residents can recycle their used cooking oil for FREE.

To recycle your oil:

  • Allow the used cooking oil to cool. 
  • Carefully pour the cooled cooking oil into a large, sturdy plastic or wax-coated leak-proof container no larger than 5 gallons, such as the original container or a juice carton. 
  • Cap the container securely.
  • Don’t mix the used cooking oil with any other liquids or products. 
  • Take to any of the SWA’s seven Home Chemical and Recycling Centers

The SWA’s locations include (from north county to south county):

Any of these used cooking oils are accepted at the SWA’s Home Chemical and Recycling Centers

  • Canola oil 
  • Corn oil 
  • Lard 
  • Olive oil 
  • Peanut oil 
  • Sesame oil 
  • Soybean oil 
  • Sunflower oil 
  • Vegetable oil 

This used cooking oil drop off program is for residential cooking oil only. Commercial and industrial customers must contact a licensed commercial grease hauler for cooking oil disposal options.

For more information, go to or call 561-697-2700.

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