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Used Cooking Oil Recycling Topic of Public Meetings

Public Meetings To Discuss Locations For Oil Recycling Cabinets

The Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department has scheduled public meetings on Sept. 24 in Carrollwood and on Sept. 26 in Town ‘N Country to discuss a neighborhood-based project to recycle residential used cooking oil.

The Cooking Oil Recycling Effort – CORE – is a pilot project that will place cooking oil collection cabinets in several areas in northwest Hillsborough County. CORE will offer residents a convenient way to obtain free recycling jugs, which they can use to store used cooled cooking oil, and locations where they can drop off the filled recycling jugs or their own filled containers.

Used cooking oils are a serious problem for home plumbing and Hillsborough County's wastewater collection system. Cooking oil that’s poured down the drain gels and solidifies into thick layers inside drainpipes, sewage pipelines and sewage lift stations, constricting water flow. The result not only can back up home plumbing, but also can cause lift station pumps and other equipment to malfunction. That can create sewage spills, overflows onto streets, and foul odors in homes and neighborhoods. It’s messy, smelly and costly to clean up.

Public Utilities staff will be at the meetings to talk about CORE and to answer any questions residents may have.

Carrollwood: For proposed CORE cabinet locations at the Northlakes Recreation Center, 2640 Lakeview Drive in Tampa, and the Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department Northwest Customer Service Center, 15610 Premiere Drive in Tampa, the public information meeting is scheduled:

DATE: Monday, Sept. 24
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Northlakes Recreation Center, 2640 Lakeview Drive, Tampa

Town ‘N Country: For proposed CORE cabinet locations at Wood Lake Park, 9207 Wood Lake Blvd. in Tampa, and the Town ‘N Country Pump Station, 5505 Town ‘N Country Boulevard, Tampa, the public information meeting is scheduled:

DATE: Wednesday, Sept. 26
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: Town ‘N Country Commons, 7606 Paula Drive, Tampa

All meeting facilities are accessible in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Any additional necessary accommodations will be provided with a 48-hour notice.

For more information, call Steve Valdez, Citizen Services Manager, 813-307-8386. (TTY: 301-7173)

Prensa: Para información, llamar al 813-272-5314.