Recycle your Thanksgiving cooking oil on Friday in Lexington

Recycling cooking oil at the Gobble Grease Toss

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Go green on Black Friday by recycling your Thanksgiving cooking oil at the annual Gobble Grease Toss in Lexington.

Bring your used cooking oil to Redwood Cooperative School at 166 Crestwood Drive between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 29, 2019.

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The Gobble Grease Toss is free for all Fayette County residents (no businesses, please).

Cooking oil should never be poured down sink drains. It can solidify and clog pipes in your home. Oil and grease can even clog the city sewer lines, leading to sanitary sewer overflows – the discharge of untreated sewage into streets, yards and creeks.

Citizens should bring cooking oil in a disposable container with a lid. If you cannot make it to the Gobble Grease Toss, you can also properly dispose of cooking oil by hardening it in the refrigerator and placing it in your green trash cart.

Through a community partnership with the school, the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UK CAER) and Kelley Green Biofuel, the Gobble Grease Toss enables Lexington residents to divert hundreds of gallons of cooking oil that would otherwise end up in the trash. Redwood serves as a location for this event because its students and families are interested in improving the environment.

“Redwood is looking forward to our annual partnership with LFUCG, UK CAER and Kelley Green Biofuel to help our community make great environmental choices during the holiday season,” said Sarah Cummins, Head of Redwood Cooperative School. “By hosting the Gobble Grease Toss, our students gain valuable experiences in environmental stewardship and are able to have a positive impact on the local community.”

Cooking oil that is collected will be recycled into biofuel by Kelley Green Biofuel, and some of the cooking oil will be used for research.

“The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research has worked for a number of years on the conversion of feedstocks, like waste cooking oil, to renewable fuels, funded in part by the National Science Foundation and the University of Kentucky Student Sustainability Council,” said Eduardo Santillan-Jimenez, Principal Research Scientist with UK CAER. “Linking the Gobble Grease Toss with these initiatives has greatly heightened their impact by allowing us to reach, serve and educate the local community in general and the Redwood School in particular.”

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