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Don't be a turkey - recycle your holiday cooking grease

Tempe helps residents fry the bird sustainably and safely

Post Date:11/07/2013

Media contact:
Amanda Nelson
Public Information Officer
480-350-2707

Whether you stuff, roast or deep-fry, holiday cooking can create a significant amount of grease. You can help put that grease to good use – and keep it from ruining your plumbing – by having it recycled. The City of Tempe is partnering with Rev Biodiesel to provide a convenient way for residents to recycle turkey grease and other used cooking oil.

From Nov. 21 to Jan. 15, Tempe residents can bring used cooking oil from deep fat fryers and other holiday cooking to four convenient locations:

  • Household Products Collection Center – 1320 E. University Drive
  • Fire Station #2 – 3025 S. Hardy Drive
  • Fire Station #3 – 5440 S. McClintock Drive
  • Fire Station #4 – 300 E. Elliot Road

Residents can pour fryer and cooking grease directly into barrels at the collection locations, or simply place containers of grease on a spill-proof surface next to the barrels.

Fats, oils and grease – collectively known as FOG – can wreak havoc on residential plumbing and municipal sewer systems. By recycling cooking grease, residents can help divert thousands of pounds of cooking oil away from drains and sewers, creating more sustainable sewer infrastructure and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by displacing the consumption of fossil fuels.

For more information, visit www.tempe.gov/turkeygrease or call 480-350-4311.

Free grease collection canisters at Tempe Zero Waste Day
Residents who participate in Tempe’s Zero Waste Day recycling event can receive free grease collection canisters for conveniently capturing and storing cooking grease. The canisters come with disposable liners so they can be reused. Zero Waste Day will be held Nov. 16 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tempe’s Fire Training Facility, 1340 E. University Drive. Visit www.tempe.gov/zerowaste for more information.

Tips for safe deep frying
The Tempe Fire Department recommends following these safety guidelines for frying turkeys:

  • Keep fryer in full view while burner is on.
  • Place fryer in an open area away from all walls, fences, or other structures.
  • Never use fryer in, on or under a garage, breezeway, carport, porch or any structure that can catch fire.
  • Raise and lower food slowly to reduce splatter and avoid burns.
  • Cover bare skin when adding or removing food to avoid splash burns to skin.
  • Check oil temperature frequently.
  • If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn gas supply off because the oil is overheated and can result in a fire.
  • If a fire occurs, call 911 immediately. Do not attempt to extinguish fire with water.
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