Remember to recycle your Thanksgiving cooking oil Print

If you plan on using cooking oil to help prepare your Thanksgiving meal, remember that you have options other than pouring it in your trash or backyard.

The Haywood County Solid Waste Department accepts used cooking oil at the 10 convenience centers around the county and at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Clyde. The used cooking oil is collected and sold to Blue Ridge Biofuels, which produces and distributes biodiesel fuel for Western North Carolina and the Southeast bulk market.

Last year, in Fiscal Year 12-13, the County collected 1,068 gallons of used cooking oil, up from 900 gallons during the previous fiscal year. So far in the first quarter of FY13-14, the County has collected 233.8 gallons of cooking oil.

Solid Waste Director Stephen King said that recycling cooking oil helps extend the life of sewer systems and landfills. To recycle used cooking oil, citizens are asked to pour it into a clean plastic container with a lid, such as an empty cooking oil bottle or milk jug. King said the best containers to use are ones with a handle and a tight-fitting lid, such as a clean, empty cat litter bucket.

The cooking oil container should be kept separate from other recyclables and handed to an attendant at the convenience centers or MRF. For optimal use in converting to diesel fuel, King recommends that citizens bring in their used cooking oil frequently instead of letting it collect for a long time.

“For health and safety reasons, it’s better to bring in used cooking oil about once a month,” King said.

For tips on recycling, or more information, contact the Haywood County Solid Waste Department at 828-627-8042, or visit the county web page,


For more information, contact:
David Teague, Public Information Officer
Haywood County

828-452-7305; 828-400-9691 or

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