Landfill will collect cooking oil in Eagle County |

Landfill will collect cooking oil in Eagle County

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” The Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste facility in Wolcott, Colorado is now collecting cooking oil, including animal fats.

Residents can bring in their used and unused cooking oil to the Wolcott facility for safe disposal. No appointment is needed for residential waste. The facility accepts 20 items per visit, free of charge.

“Pouring large quantities of liquid fats, such as cooking grease or oil, down the drain is a major cause of sewer clogs,” says Pallavi Mukerjee, hazardous waste specialist. “When pipes and sewer lines become blocked, raw sewage may back up onto streets, parking lots and into nearby homes and businesses.

“This overflow can contaminate local water supplies, including drinking water, and affect human health, wildlife and the environment.”

The hazardous waste facility opened in August 2008 at the Eagle County landfill. It is the only facility to accept and dispose of household hazardous waste in the county. Acceptable hazardous waste items include: household cleaning products, latex and oil based paint, paint thinners, varnishes, fertilizers, insecticides, automotive fluids, batteries, cell phones, thermostats and other items containing mercury, non-narcotic medicine, aerosols, lab chemicals, swimming pool chemicals, ammunition up to .50 caliber and class C fireworks.

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The facility is open to residents on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents with questions about the acceptability of waste or general information, can call 970-328-3470 or 970-328-3467.

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