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November 20, 2009

Recycle cooking oil, grease

With deep-frying turkey a current fad, the need to manage cooking oils that get poured down the drain increases.

Washington County's 40-West Landfill is accepting used and unused cooking oils and greases for recycling from county residents.

Any type of liquid vegetable oil used in residential kitchens, such as peanut, corn, canola, olive, and safflower oil will be accepted for recycling, along with animal-based cooking greases like bacon grease, renderings, and lard. The free service is designed to assist residential customers. No commercial oils or grease from restaurants, cafeterias, etc., will be accepted. There is a 5 gallon limit per day.

Cooking oils and grease may be brought to the 40-West Landfill recycling area during normal facility hours. Please make sure the cooking oil or grease is not mixed with other fluids such as water, petroleum products, soaps, etc. Place the cooking oils or grease into a container with a tight fitting lid; metal or plastic containers are preferred. Do not fill the container while the cooking oil or grease is still hot as this could cause the container to crack or split.

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Used cooking oil and grease is recycled into several commodities including bio-fuels and animal feeds.

The 40-West Landfill, one mile west of Huyett's Crossroads on U.S. 40, is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The landfill will be closed Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26 and Friday, Nov. 27, but will reopen at 7 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.

For more information call 240-313-2790.

Amnesty write-a-thon

Join thousands of people in more than 30 countries during Amnesty International Upper Potomac Chapter's second annual Write-a-thon. The event takes place locally from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Ram's Den, Student Center at Shepherd University. Model letters and free confections will be provided.

For more information, e-mail amnestyi@shepherd.edu, or go to www.amnestyusa.org/writeathon/successes.php

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