Columbia, plagued by volumes of deep-fried-turkey cooking oil poured into kitchen sinks each holiday season, is taking action to get residents to collect the oil for recycling.
Deep-frying turkey Deep-fried-turkey cooking households can generate up to five gallons of leftover cooking oil that many folks are tempted to pour down drains. But that oil wreaks havoc on the citys underground sewer system, causing blockages, back-ups and overflows. The city spends more than $1 million a year on labor costs cleaning up this sludgy stuff.
From now on, people can put used turkey oil in a leak-proof clean container and take it to the city Public Works Facility at on 2910 Colonial Drive between from 9:30 a.m. and to 3:30 p.m. most weekdays.
The used oil will be recycled to make biodiesel fuel and help power the city fleet in a low-polluting way.
Call (803) 545-2722 for details about the program, called Southern Fried Fuel.