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JEA asking community to recycle used cooking oil for biodiesel

10:50 AM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- JEA and Metro-Rooter Plumbing are teaming up to get people to donate their used cooking oil instead of pouring it down drains.

Metro-Rooter Plumbing Service's Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) Program will turn the recycled oil into biodiesel fuel to power cars and trucks, according to a news release from Gerri Boyce, spokesperson for JEA.

JEA and Metro-Rooter will provide drop-off locations, Boyce said, for anyone with used cooking oil to recycle.

Recycling centers will be open Friday, December 28 and Saturday, December 29 fro 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the old Coggin Dealership located at Atlantic and Southside Boulevards.

People wishing to recycle used cooking oil may also drop it off at Metro-Rooter's main office located at 8892 Normandy Blvd, two miles west of I-295 on Normandy.  Metro-Rooter's main office accepts used cooking oil seven days a week during daylight hours.

Boyce said JEA and Metro-Rooter are planning other future drop-off sites.

In addition to powering cars and trucks with biodiesel, recycling the oil also keeps it out of the sewer system.

Boyce said fats, oils and grease are the number one cause of sanitary sewer overflows and back-ups for JEA sewer customers.

Metro-Rooter's FOG Program is also encouraging restaurants and apartment complexes to recycle their used cooking oil as well.  Boyce said this involves restaurants installing grease traps and recycle bins.  People who live in apartment complexes would need to collect their used cooking oil in a container and then throw it in the trash instead of pouring it down the drain.

Tom McLaughlin, President of Metro-Rooter, said, "We collect some pretty nasty stuff.  In some cases, with say, yellow oil used in frying, we separate the food waste and the water and then send it on to a company in Kissimmee to become biodiesel."

Boyce said 40 percent of JEA's vehicle fleet runs off biodiesel fuel, ethanol or electricity.  Automotive Fleet Magazine recently ranked JEA in the top 100 of U.S. fleets utilizing alternative fuels, Boyce said.

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