Monday, May 16, 2022

Norfolk offers free collection of holiday cooking oil

Deep frying a turkey is serious business (Southside Daily photo/Taken by Vicky Wasik)
(Southside Daily photo/Taken by Vicky Wasik)

Disposing of gallons of fryer oil can seem overwhelming. Pouring used oil down the drain could result in an unpleasant call to the plumber.

Keep your holidays merry by choosing one of the following grease disposal options. For best results, use a container with a tight-fitting lid:

  • Store it in the original container for reuse. Strain out any particles and freeze. Oil can be kept for up to six months and reused for up to six hours of fry time.
  • Freeze it and then throw the hardened oil away on trash day.
  • Recycle it at the Norfolk Fryer Oil Collection Site. Norfolk residents can dispose up to five gallons of liquid or 75 pounds of solid waste per visit at the SPSA’s Norfolk Transfer Station, 3136 Woodland Ave., Tuesday & Saturday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Must show proof of residency. For additional information call SPSA: 757-961-3981.

Fats, oils and grease (FOG) account for 70 percent of sewer blockages in Norfolk, according to a press release. When it comes to having dependable sewer services, prevention is key. Sewer backups and service interruptions are expensive and impact residents’ quality of life. Caring for sewer pipes is also important for keeping harmful bacteria and pollution out of local waterways. When the system clogs up, untreated sewage spills into yards and roads and drains into waterways through the storm drain system.

Informational materials including brochures, posters, strainers, grease can lids for homes, businesses, and multi-residential properties are available free of charge, visit www.norfolk.gov/FOG.

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