Got leftover cooking oil? Don’t throw it away.
Columbia County’s Water Utility and the Augusta Utilities Department want to keep it out of our landfills and sewer lines and will offer used cooking oil recycling from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Columbia County’s oil drop-off location is 4325 Evans to Locks Road, and the Augusta site is at 1840 Wylds Road.
The types of recyclable oils include animal fats such as bacon grease and lard, and canola, corn, olive, peanut, sesame, soybean, sunflower and vegetable oils. Many residents use large quantities of those oils during the holiday season, which can result in clogged sewers and drains if the material is not properly disposed of.
Grease is a common cause of sewer line clogs that can create costly and environmentally damaging sewage overflows and spills.
Columbia County’s Water Utility collected 165 gallons of used oils during a similar event held Nov. 28-29 and hopes to collect even more this week.
For more details, contact Augusta Utilities at (706) 312-4145 or Columbia County Water Utility at (706) 863-6928.