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Joplin Recycling Center now accepts cooking oil

Updated August 1, 2013 by Kelly Reid:  The Joplin Recycling Center has a new way to dispose of your cooking waste.  They now have a recycling bin for household cooking oils.

Pouring cooking oil or grease down the drain or toilet is considered a prohibited discharge by city code because it may cause a blockage or interference with sewer lines.

That is why Ozark Grease Recycling paid for the bin to be placed in the recycling center.

Once the container is full the center will send the oil off and have it converted into items such as fuel.

Officials say the container helps out the city by getting some money back.

It can help save you some money by preventing damage to your pipes from dumping oil down the drain.

"If you put grease down your drain it eventually coagulates," says Mary Anne Phillps, the Joplin Recycling coordinator.  "It usually gets all clumpy in the lines - the sewer lines - and running hot water doesn't make it flow on down.  In fact, quite the opposite."

You can drop off your cooking oils during recycling hours:

  • Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



The Joplin Recycling Center is now accepting household cooking oil for recycling.  A container has been placed at the Center and will be available during regular operational hours Konan on-going basis.

Mary Anne Phillips, Joplin'sRecycling Coordinator announced, "The aim of the new collection program offats, oils and grease is to help residents dispose of their cooking oil in anenvironmentally safe and effective way." 

The Recycling Center is locatedat 1310 West A Street, and is open Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.and Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Disposing of household oil orgrease correctly is essential to ensure that the plumbing in residential housesand the City of Joplin sewer lines do not get clogged.  Pouring cookingoil or grease down the drain or toilet is considered a "prohibited discharge"by City code because it may cause a blockage or interference with sewerlines.  As grease cools, it hardens, which leads to "blockages" in yourplumbing and sewer lines.  This blockage can occur regardless of the watertemperature used to rinse cookware.

Let grease or oil cool downbefore collecting for proper disposal.  For very small amounts of oil,wipe up with a paper towel and place in your trash can.  For sufficientamounts of oil that can be saved for recycling, strain out food scraps anddispose of the scraps in the trash, then pour the used oil in the container itcame in (if possible,) or a clean, non-breakable container with a properlyfitting lid.  When the container is full, bring the used cooking oil tothe recycling center, or set it out with your regular trash service. Please remember, soapsuds, hazardous waste materials, or motor oil cannot berecycled with the cooking oil.  Used motor oil can be recycled atarea automotive supply stores and contaminated motor oil can be recycledat the Joplin Recycling Center.

Lynden Lawson, Joplin's PublicWorks Operation Manager added, "This grease recycling program is the first stepin educating households and commercial cooking establishments about the Fats,Oils and Grease (FOG) Disposal Awareness Program."  Look forin-depth information in future Citizen Newsletters and on the City'swebsite.    

Formore information contact Mary Anne Phillips at the City of Joplin, 624-0820Ext. 501, or MPhillip@joplinmo.org


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