If you're planning to fry a turkey this Thanksgiving and wonder what to do with the used oil afterword, Columbia County will take it off your hands - and help keep it out of the environment.
The Columbia County Water Utility will have a free recycling center set up for used cooking oil from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 28 and 29 at the offices at 4325 Evans-to-Locks Road, according to an announcement from county officials.
In addition to providing a place to dispose of the used oil safely, it also helps prevent blockages in sewage systems, the announcement says.
"Approximately 85 percent of grease-related sewer blockages and overflows originate in residential areas," according to the announcement. "The buildup of fats, oils and grease in the sewer system causes sewer blockages. This eventually results in sewer backups that can overflow onto streets and into homes, damaging property and the environment."
For recycling, cooking oils should be free of water, soap suds and food scraps, and should be transported in a clean, non-breakable, leak-proof container with a tight lid.
For information, call (706) 863-6928.