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    Enjoy the Feast, Recycle the Grease

    Did you know that you can recycle your household fats, oils, and grease in Lynchburg? Instead of pouring fats, oils, or grease down the drain, place it in the trash or return it to us at the locations below. You can also pick up your own FREE grease recycling kit at those locations in November and December. When poured down the drain cooking oil and grease combine with other ingredients like food waste and non-flushable items (anything other than pee, poo, or toilet paper) to create large clogs in our sewer systems. These clogs block the sewer lines and cause costly and unsafe overflows into backyards, forests, and streams. This harmful problem is entirely avoidable with your help year-round, especially during the holidays.

    Drop Off Locations

    Lynchburg Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility
    2301 Concord Turnpike
    Lynchburg, VA 
    Open Year Round 24/7

    Bedford Regional Water Authority Administration Building
    1723 Falling Creek Road
    Bedford, VA
    8am to 5pm

    Lynchburg Water Resources Administration Building
    525 Taylor Street
    Lynchburg, VA
    8am to 5pm

    Smith Mountain Lake
    Treatment Plant

    Pick up kits November 1-30, 8:30am to 5pm.
    (Drop off grease Nov. 26-Dec. 31)
    1500 Radford Church
    Moneta, VA

    *Templeton Center
    225 Wiggington Road
    Lynchburg, VA
    *Fairview Community Center
    3621 Campbell Avenue
    Lynchburg, VA
    *College Hill
    Community Center

    811 Jackson Street
    Lynchburg, VA
    *Jefferson Park
    Community Center

    405 York Street
    Lynchburg, VA
    *Daniel's Hill
    Community Center

    317 Norwood Street
    Lynchburg, VA 
    *Yoder Community Center
    109 Jackson Street 
    Lynchburg, VA 
    *Diamond Hill
    Community Center

    1005 17th Street
    Lynchburg, VA 
    *During open hours year round,
    hours may vary
    Grease Recycling Kit Pick-Up Only -

    Lynchburg Community Market
    1219 Main Street
    Lynchburg, VA 

    Bedford Christian Ministries
    217 W. Washington St
    Bedford, VA
    Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 9am to 10:30am

     


    When fats, oils, and grease enter our sewer systems, they solidify in the sewer pipes, mixing with non-flushable items (like wet wipes and shop rags) to create “fatbergs” (like the one pictured below) that block the sewer lines and cause costly and unsafe overflows into backyards, forests, and streams that can harm the environment and public health. These fatberg clogs can be extremely difficult for utility workers to remove. One reason clogs due to fats, oils, and grease are so frustrating for utility workers is because they are entirely avoidable.

     

    There are a variety of ingredients that can contribute to Lynchburg’s fatbergs including: butter/lard, meat fats, grease, cooking oil, dairy products, waxes/petroleum lubricants, gravy/sauces, food scraps, icing, and salad dressing. Thankfully, fatbergs are entirely avoidable! To prevent our pipes from becoming clogged and causing costly environmental problems, simply place these ingredients in the trash instead of pouring down the drain.

    Interested in taking it one step further to make something good for the environment? Collect your leftover cooking oil, meat fats, grease, and butter/lard in a container with a lid (leftover sauce jars and cans work well), then bring it back to us to be recycled! The collected grease will then be recycled into an environmentally-friendly biofuel by our local partner, Darton Environmental

    How to Recycle

    COOL

    • After cooking, cool the oil or grease until you can pour it into a sealable plastic or glass container. Other ingredients like gravy, waxes, icing, and salad dressing can’t be recycled into a biofuel, so continue to place those items in the trash and recycle the oil and grease!

    CAN

    • Once the oil or grease is cool, pour it into a sealable container.

    RECYCLE

    • When your container is full, recycle it at our grease recycling center located at the Lynchburg Regional Water Resource Recovery Facility, Lynchburg Parks & Rec Neighborhood Centers, and Templeton Center. You can pick up a new can lid when you drop off your grease!

    Please remember to Enjoy the Feast, Recycle the Grease

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    Click the image of the poster below you want to download and post next to your sink!