Recycling Cooking Oils and Grease

By on August 27, 2015

Clogged PipeWhy Recycle Fats, Oil, and Grease (FOG)?

Pouring cooking fats and oils down the drain can cause nasty clogs. When the fats and oils cool off, they become thick and sticky which attracts food, hair, and other particles that go down the drain. This forms a clog.

When the clog is on the homeowner’s side of the line, it can mean an expensive plumbing bill. When the clog is on the city or county side of the line, it still costs the homeowner money in the way of higher sewer bills. Yes, we the taxpayers foot the bill to have clogs removed from waterlines, and they happen more than you might think.

Because of that, the City of Athens Waste Water Department teamed up with Keep Athens-Limestone Beautiful to offer residents a way to recycle those fats and oils.


How It Works

fog-label-80x80Collect your cooking fats, oils, and grease in a container with a lid or stop at a FOG Collection Cage to pick up a free container.  Collection cages are available at the following locations:

  • KALB Office, 125 East St.
  • Athens-Limestone Recycling Center, 15896 Lucas Ferry Rd.
  • Athens Utility Building, Wilkinson Street off Elm St.

Take the container home.  When it’s full, take it back to any of the above locations and place the full container on the bottom shelf.  Take an empty one with you and repeat!


How Is It Recycled?

The fats, oils and grease are then picked up by a company in Birmingham that puts the products to good use in new products.