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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Environmental Assistance and Customer Service - Cooking Oil

Environmental Assistance and Customer Service

Fats, Oils and Grease

Cooking Oil RecyclingThe Grease Goblin

Used cooking oil dumped down the drain can clog pipes, cause sewer overflows and pose risks to fish and wildlife. It can also lead to expensive maintenance costs for households and public utilities.

On the positive side, used cooking oil has value as a recycled commodity and it is easy to collect. A growing number of companies in North Carolina collect used cooking oil and make it into biodiesel fuel. Biodiesel has fewer emissions than regular diesel, is made from renewable resources and reduces our dependence on foreign oil. Visit our links to find out more about recycling used cooking oil.

Information for North Carolina Counties and Municipalities

Operating a public used cooking oil collection program is easy and can produce revenue for North Carolina counties and municipalities. Used cooking oil collection companies, including the growing number of in-state biodiesel producers, will provide free containers, service those containers at no cost, and pay communities for the collected oil.

House Bill 512: An Act to amend the Laws Governing Rendering Plants and Operations, to Require Certification of Grease Ownership by Collectors of Waste Kitchen Grease, and to Create Criminal Penalties Related to Waste Kitchen Grease.

Tips for Consumers

  • Never pour used cooking oil down the drain.
  • Place your used cooking oil in a sealed container, such as an empty milk jug or vegetable oil bottle.
  • Contact your local solid waste, public works or utilities department to see if they have a cooking oil collection program. Contacts for solid waste offices can be found here: Local Government Solid Waste & Recycling Contacts
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