RALEIGH — Beginning Nov. 1, Raleigh residents and places of worship will be able to dispose of used cooking oil by placing it in containers on the curb.
The goal of the program is to protect the environment by keeping cooking grease out of the city’s sewer system and preventing sewer overflows.
The collected grease will be converted to biofuels, a renewable source of energy used to power vehicles, heat homes and cook food.
The unwanted grease or cooking oil will be collected at no charge. The program is a joint effort of the city of Raleigh and Piedmont Biofuels.
Raleigh residents and places of worship must call the city’s Solid Waste Services Department, 919-996-6890, to arrange for the curbside collection of animal grease or vegetable cooking oil.
The oil must be placed in a sealable and preferably clear plastic container marked as “used cooking oil.” The program will serve only residents and places of worship in Raleigh. The grease collection ends on Jan. 15.
For more information, call the Raleigh Public Utilities Department at 919-996-4540.