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Grease wanted from turkey fryers

Written by Diana Nelson Jones on .

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Deep frying the Thanksgiving turkey has become the method of choice for many, but all that oil has to go somewhere.

GTECH Strategies and Fossil Free Fuel have a solution to your waste oil — recycling it to go into vehicles. GTECH is currently collecting non-hydrogenated vegetable oils free of contaminants like water, large pieces of food, detergents and animal fats.

Now you can donate your used cooking oil --- best if returned to the container it came in -- at these ReFuel Pgh collection sites:

Construction Junction, 214 N. Lexington St. Point Breeze: Look for the wooden bin and ReFuel Pgh sign to the left of the city's recycling drop-off site in the CJ's parking lot opposite the main building. It's open 8a to 5p, Monday through Friday, 9a to 5p Saturday, and 11a to 4p Sunday.

Whole Foods Market, 5880 Centre Ave. East Liberty: Look for the big yellow ReFuel Pgh collection bin outside the front of the store. Please drop off your oil only during Whole Foods Market’s store hours, 8am to 10pm seven days a week.

A new location is at Frazier Farms (Frazier and Dawson Streets next to Dan Marino Field) in South Oakland. Walk in through the fenced in area, turn right and look for the big yellow ReFuel Pgh bin.

For large donations, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 412.361.2099 ext 6#.

Here’s GTECH’s pitch for your participation:

“Waste cooking oil is a problem for our municipalities and our rivers. It clogs our pipes, causing ruptures and constricting our sewer system’s capacity during a storm event. Petroleum-diesel used in Pittsburgh is responsible for carcinogenic air pollution, climate change emissions and millions of dollars at leave our region and the country.”

Graphic from GTECH

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