Franklin Home Page staff reports As Thanksgiving fast approaches, Franklin city officials are urging residents that deep fry their turkeys to properly dispose of the cooking oil.
As Thanksgiving fast approaches, Franklin city officials are urging residents that deep fry their turkeys to properly dispose of the cooking oil.
The Franklin Solid Waste Department is offering free recycling drop off for cooking oil at the city’s Municipal Services Complex at 417 Century Court in Franklin, the same site for recycling of batteries, oil, paint, anti-freeze and electronics (BOPAE).
“A lot of people think it’s OK to just pour the cooking oil down a storm drain outside not realizing that the oil flows down the drain and into our creeks,” city storm water management coordinator Crystal Piper said. “It doesn’t go through a water sewer treatment plan before entering our waterways. It can clog up our drainage system and beyond that it simply pollutes the water ways.”
Residents will be able to bring their cooking oil and other BOPAE items to the BOPAE site after Thanksgiving. The center is open 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cooking oil will be recycled into bio-fuel for by Mid Tenn Biofuels out of Auburntown for use in Middle Tennessee.
Solid Waste Director Becky Caldwell said the Franklin Fire Department suggested the city offer to recycle cooking oil.
“We are able to easily incorporate collection with our existing BOPAE drop-off service,” she said. “We are introducing it now because of the increased number of people who opt to deep fry a turkey for the Thanksgiving holiday.”