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Is there a place in Wilmington or nearby that I can recycle cooking grease?

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The Wilmington area has several cooking oil recycling solutions for large scale users like restaurants, but disposing of that turkey fryer-full can be a little more tricky for homeowners. A representative with Mahoney Environmental, an Illinios-based company that services many area eateries, advised homeowners to inquire with nearby restaurants. Many have a oil recycling drum that the owners may allow home cooks to use.

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources cautions home cooks against disposing of grease down drains as it clogs pipes, causes sewer overflows and can threaten wildlife. If finding a recycling solution proves too challenging, pour the grease into enough cat litter to absorb all the liquid to make the substance landfill-friendly.


Will the city pick up shredded paper for recycling if it’s put out in clear plastic bags?

Who provides recycling pickup in the county?

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2 Responses to “ Is there a place in Wilmington or nearby that I can recycle cooking grease?”

  1. On June 10, 2015 at 10:14 am Joe Suleyman wrote:

    Any resident of New Hanover County can recycle used cooking oil free of charge at the New Hanover County Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility. The facility is located at 3002 US Highway 421 North. Hours of operation are Mon-Fri from 10:00 to 2:00, and Saturdays from 8:00 to 12:00.

  2. On June 10, 2015 at 10:33 am Si Cantwell wrote:

    Good news. Thank you, Mr. Suleyman.
    John Suleyman director of New Hanover County’s Environmental Management Department.

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