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N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources

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

Environmental Assistance and Customer Service

Used Cooking Oil Collection Program

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It's the Law

North Carolina passed a law in January 2013, Session law 2012-127 that made stealing used cooking oil illegal. If someone is caught stealing a container of UCO valued at $1000 or more, it shall be a class 4 felony.

Don't Pour it Down the Drain

The Grease Goblin
Visit the Sanitary Sewer Overflow page
for more information.

A used cooking oil collection container Cooking oil, fats and grease -- also known as used cooking oil (UCO) -- have historically been an environmental concern and caused expensive issues for municipalities and homeowners. UCO has become a valuable commodity, and more communities are developing programs to capture residential UCO. When UCO is poured down the drain, it solidifies, reducing or preventing water flow in drains and sewer pipes. Left untreated, clogged sewers will overflow, causing unsanitary conditions. For more information, check out the SSO page. Citizens have learned through municipal outreach programs not to pour their UCO down the drain. Alternatively, it could potentially end up in the trash. Communities are now recognizing there is a profit and environmental benefit to capturing UCO. A large number of communities in N.C. are successfully collecting used cooking oil.

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