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Turkey powering engines in St. Johns County

9:05 AM, Nov 19, 2012   |    comments
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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. --  Your Thanksgiving turkey can help power engines in St. Johns County this holiday season.

It is all done through a program that is in its second year. Instead of throwing away your turkey grease and cooking oil, consider holding on to it and giving to the county.

St. Johns County takes the oil and grease and processes it into biodiesel which will help fuel some of its vehicles.

The goal behind this project is two-fold.  The first goal is stop people from pouring the grease and oil down their drains because that can cause major sewage problems.  The second is to help the county save some money on gas.

"Last year we got 50 gallons of used cooking oil and this year we would like to double that to 100 gallons," says Stacy Kowlsen, and environmental coordinator with St. Johns County.

You can bring the oil or grease to any of these locations:

-SJC Biodiesel Fuel Dept.: 2730 Industry Center Road, St. Augustine

-Tillman Ridge Landfill: 3005 Allen Nease Road, St. Augustine

-Stratton Road Transfer Station: 250 North Stratton Road, St. Augustine

-SJC Utilities Anastasia Island Wastewater Treatment Plant: 860 West 16th Street, St. Augustine Beach

-City of St. Augustine Wastewater Plant: 501 Riberia Street, St. Augustine

Make sure you bring the cooking oil in a container that won't break or shatter.  Also you will not get your container back after you turn it over.

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