Properly disposing of grease and oil after Thanksgiving

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Now that Thanksgiving is over and you have leftover grease, Lexington has a solution.

The 10th Annual Gobble Grease Toss took place today, ending with a truck full of used cooking oil and grease.

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Organizers will donate some of it to UK Center for Applied Energy Research for its research on biofuels.

The rest will go to a company in Louisville called Kelly Green Biofuel, which converts all of the oil and grease into biofuel.

Senior program manager Angela Poe said there was a steady stream of people taking advantage of the event today, which usually yields around 400 gallons on average.

“Disposing of cooking oil and grease properly is really important for homeowners and their pipes at home, nobody one wants to call a plumber on a holiday and have that mess to clean up in the middle of holiday chaos, but it’s also really important for the city’s sewer systems,” Poe said.

She said Lexington manages two wastewater treatment plants and there are miles of pipes from homes and businesses that lead to the plants.

Poe said not only can the oil and grease harden in your home’s pipes, but it can also harden in the city’s pipes causing problems for everyone

She said the best way to properly dispose of oil and grease is to put it all in a jar, stick it in the fridge or freezer to let it harden some and then toss it in the trash.