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Public Communications (MS-11)
614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA
Phone: 360.337.4598
Date: December 6, 2012
Contact: Greg Gachowsky, Education/Outreach Coordinator
Kitsap County Sewer Utility
Kitsap 1: 360-337-5777 or
No: 2012-119

Options for Recycling Used Cooking Oil

(Port Orchard, WA) - Fats, oils and grease from kitchens can impact sewer systems in a big way. When poured down a drain inside the house these items can quickly damage or clog sewage pipes. Whether your house is on a septic system or connected to a public sewage system, items like fats, oils and grease can impact your pipes. NEVER pour these items down your kitchen sink or other drain.

This holiday season Kitsap County Public Works is partnering with a local biodiesel firm to offer a new used-cooking oil recycling option at the Olympic View Transfer Station (OVTS) at no cost to residents. Instead of pouring fats, oils and grease down drains or throwing it into the garbage, recycling your used cooking oil at OVTS will turn it into biodiesel.

“We know more and more residents are deep frying turkeys, so we wanted to offer a sensible option for disposing of the cooking oil,” said Stella Vakarcs, Senior Program Manager of Kitsap County Sewer Utility.

Recycling tips: (click here for a grahic)

  • Transport – used liquid cooking oils and fats in a secure container
  • Avoid Spills – pour slowly and with care into collection tank
  • Make sure you empty your oil into the cooking oil container, NOT in the used motor oil container
  • Leave Nothing Behind – take your containers with you to dispose at home
  • Do Not Contaminate – with bones, food particles or motor oil

In this pilot program, only OVTS will accept used cooking oil.

Benefits of turning used cooking oil into biodiesel:
Studies show that biodiesel outperforms gasoline, ethanol, and conventional diesel in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and in overall fuel-efficiency. Biodiesel has also been proven to be much less toxic than diesel fuel, and is readily biodegradable. This makes it safer for distribution, use and storage.

Olympic View Transfer Station
Kitsap 1 – (360) 337-5777
9300 SW Barney White Road Bremerton, WA 98312
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, everyday
Click here for Map and Directions

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Kitsap 1
(360) 337-5777

Last Updated:  May 27, 2014