The Bedford Regional Water Authority and Lynchburg Water Resources have partnered to encourage citizens to properly dispose of and recycle their cooking oils and grease this holiday season. The departments are giving away free grease disposal kits that can be filled with the drippings from meals and returned to the water providers for sustainable disposal.
One of the biggest issues in local sewer systems is the buildup of fat, oil and grease in sewer pipes. When these ingredients are poured down the drain, they solidify in the sewer pipes, mixing with non-flushable items (like wet wipes and shop rags) and create fatbergs that block sewer lines and cause costly and unsafe overflows into backyards, forests and streams.
“A big gift that citizens can give themselves, the community and the environment this holiday season is to properly dispose of fats, rags, oil and grease,” said Brian Key, BRWA executive director. “By keeping those items out of the pipes, customers will end up saving money by not having costly sewer backups and also this help save the environment from untreated wastewater spilling out of backed-up pipes.”
Lynchburg Water Resources and the Bedford Regional Water Authority are partnering to hand out free at-home grease collection kits. The collected grease will then be recycled into an environmentally-friendly biofuel or be donated to a local farmer for livestock feed.
“These kits provide our community with the information and tools they need to protect our infrastructure and environment, right at the kitchen sink,” said Tim Mitchell, director of LWR. “We encourage the community to practice proper grease disposal methods during the holiday season and year round.”
The collection kits include a funnel, can lid, sponge, dish scraper and informational hand-outs on how to use the items and how to properly dispose of the grease. The kits will be available at the BRWA Smith Mountain Lake Water Treatment Facility until Nov. 30.
Visitors can grab a kit from the main entrance Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To recycle cooking oil and grease, drop off sealed containers at designated drop-off boxes located at the facility.
Used cooking oil and grease can be dropped off anytime at the Bedford Regional Water Authority’s Administration Building at 1723 Falling Creek Road in Bedford.