Richland now offers recycling for cooking oil, grease

dhinshaw@thestate.comSeptember 25, 2013 

— Richland County has begun collecting cooking oil and grease at two locations to protect the public sewerage system.

Residents are encouraged to collect used cooking oil in suitable containers and transport it to the Lower Richland drop-off site at Mr. Bunky’s Store, 10531 Garners Ferry Road; or the C&D landfill, off Monticello Road, at 1070 Caughman Road North in Columbia.

A third location will be added soon at the Clemson Recycling Center in Northeast Richland, according to a county news release.

Fat, oil and grease can cause major and costly damage to sewer pipes when poured down sink drains. It can stick to pipes and build up over time.

In addition, other things washed down the drain or garbage disposal — such as coffee grounds, hair and food particles — attach to the oil, leading to bigger clogs, the release said.

For those who don’t want to make a trip to the drop-off station, the county suggests throwing the grease into the trash, not the recycling bin.

For more information, call (803) 929-6000.

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