Green Opportunity for Waste Cooking Oil

Dec. 18, 2013

Ben Boxer
DPWES - Capital Facilities
703-324-5880, TTY 711

County Offers Green Opportunity for Waste Cooking Oil - Recycle it!

cooking oil disposal siteRather than throwing waste vegetable oil and other cooking oils in the trash, Fairfax County residents now have the option of recycling it at the I-66 Transfer Station during normal operation hours. Waste cooking oil is being collected in a specially-marked container located near the motor oil and antifreeze collection site.

This pilot program is applicable for a variety of types of cooking oils including deep fryer oil, vegetable oil, peanut oil and oil used to prepare food on a grill, griddle, frying pan, fryer or wok. This program is for cooking oil only, not solidified grease and other fats. Please continue to “can the grease” and dispose of it with your usual household trash.

cooking oil containerWhile recycling cooking oil is not required by the Fairfax County Code, it can provide “green” benefits as a resource from which to create biodiesel. Biodiesel can be used as a fuel for vehicles, but is most commonly used as a diesel additive to reduce levels of particulates and other carbon-based pollutants present in diesel-powered vehicles.

Like other recycling revenue streams, the proceeds from the sale of the waste vegetable oil (estimated to be $1.06 per gallon) will support the county’s Solid Waste Management Program. By instituting the program, Fairfax County will also receive additional recycling credits associated with state and federal waste management regulations.


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