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Holiday Used Cooking Oil Disposal Drive November 26

(EVANSVILLE, IN) - If a fried turkey is part of your Thanksgiving tradition, how will you dispose of the used cooking oil? It takes about 4 gallons of oil to fry a medium size turkey. If you do not plan to reuse the oil, do not pour it down the drain. Fats, oils, and grease from cooking can clog sewer pipes and cost homeowners hundreds of dollars to clean the sewer line on their property.

Evansville Water and Sewer Utility (EWSU) is partnering with American Grease and Septic to host the second annual Holiday Used Cooking Oil Disposal Drive on Saturday, November 26. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the parking lot next to the C.K. Newsome Community Center, 100 E. Walnut Street.

The Holiday Used Cooking Oil Disposal Drive provides a place for residential customers to properly dispose of used cooking oils and grease, such as canola oil, corn oil, lard, olive oil, peanut oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, vegetable oil, and meat drippings. No petroleum oil waste will be permitted. The service is free and limited to residential customers only.

To drop off used cooking oils, residents should enter the parking lot from behind the C.K. Newsome center on Elsas Avenue (see map on page 2). The cooking oils and grease will be collected in barrels, and dumpsters will be available for residents to discard empty containers. Residents will exit the parking lot onto Walnut Street.

For more information about the used cooking oil disposal drive, contact EWSU Regulatory Compliance Coordinator Matt McBride at 812-436-7013 or email:

“By recycling your used cooking oil and keeping fats, oils, and grease from entering the sewer system, you are keeping our streets and surrounding waterways clean from sewer overflows,” McBride said. “It’s that simple. EWSU appreciates your efforts.”