During this time of year, holiday cooking can leave gallons of unwanted grease and oil to clean up. Drains and pipes are not proper disposal areas and many containers cannot handle the heft of these hot, greasy liquids. The South Platte Water Renewal Partners (SPWRP), a wastewater treatment facility in Englewood, annually offers a safe, easy and free way to dispose of it.
SPWRP is hosting its 3rd Annual Grease and Oil Take-Back event from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 30, 2019, at 2900 South Platte River Drive in Englewood. Residents of the facility’s entire service area, which includes the cities of Littleton and Englewood as well as 19 connecting sanitation districts, can drop off up to 10 gallons of food and automotive oil per household for free. This event will also include doughnuts, family activities and educational resources. Residents who stop by to recycle their used oil will be entered to win a prize. The facility will not collect oil from commercial businesses. Residents should prepare the oil properly before drop-off. Oil must be separated into different containers and be free of contaminants such as fuels, solvents or water. Cooking oil should be liquid and free of food debris.
The facility will not take any oil filters or antifreeze. Recycling oil is extremely important to maintain a healthy collection system and water renewal facility. Used cooking oil can congeal, resulting in clogs and blockages in homes as well as in the collection system. Automotive oil in drains can cause dangerous conditions in the collection system and damage useful bacteria at the facility.
“This is a great opportunity to actively care for the environment and the wellbeing of our communities,” said SPWRP Director Pieter Van Ry. “We encourage proper disposal practices for our citizens in order to keep everyone safe.
About The South Platte Water Renewal Partners: The South Platte Water Renewal Partners (SPWRP) is the third largest water renewal facility in Colorado. It cleans 20 million gallons of wastewater a day from 300,000 customers in Englewood, Littleton and 19 other connector districts. SPWRP helps the South Platte communities thrive by renewing water to support recreation, agriculture and wildlife. It protects the environment by treating waste in the water and recovering vital resources during the process. For more information call 303-762-2600 or visit SPWRP’s website