One of the largest issues in local sewer systems is the buildup of fats, oils, and grease in sewer pipes. When these ingredients are poured down the drain, they solidify in the sewer pipes, mixing with non-flushable items (like wet wipes and shop rags) and create “fatbergs” that block the sewer lines and cause costly and unsafe overflows into backyards, forests, and streams.
For the past three years, Lynchburg Water Resources (LWR) has offered a grease recycling center at the Lynchburg Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant to encourage citizens to properly dispose of and recycle their cooking oils and grease. Cooking oil and grease that is dropped off is recycled into an environmentally friendly bio-fuel. Lynchburg Parks and Recreation’s Neighborhood Centers and the Templeton Senior Center have partnered with Lynchburg Water Resources to help keep our community pipes clean and our environment safe. With this partnership, citizens can recycle grease at EIGHT locations throughout Lynchburg year-round!
Individuals can drop off cooking oil and grease for recycling at the following locations:
• Lynchburg Parks and Recreation Neighborhood Centers (College Hill, Daniel’s Hill, Diamond Hill, Fairview Heights, Jefferson Park, and Yoder Center) during open hours.
• Templeton Center during open hours.
• Lynchburg Wastewater Treatment Plant open 24/7 for grease recycling.
To recycle cooking oil and grease, simply drop off sealed containers at any of the above locations in designated drop-off boxes during open hours. The above locations will also be equipped with educational information about infrastructure and grease recycling can lids.
For more information about the grease recycling program and proper grease disposal visit www.lynchburgva.gov/enjoy-feast-recycle-grease