If you're planning to deep fry your turkey this season, the City of Brighton has a safe and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of the leftover cooking oil and used fryer grease. The free waste-to-energy program recycles cooking oil and grease into biodiesel.
Used cooking oil should never go down the kitchen drain as it could cause sanitary sewer clogs and costly maintenance. Now used oil can be dropped off at the City's new biodiesel recycling station. The bin station is located at the City of Brighton Wastewater Treatment Plant, 325 N Kuner Rd (use south entrance off Brighton Road). Drop-off is currently available by appointment only Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call 303-655-2093.
The cooking oil recycling program is for residential service only. No commercial kitchen waste is accepted. Please bring proof of residence, such as water bill. There is a 10 gallons per person maximum. Do not mix with automotive oil waste. Use a sealed disposable container. If cooking oil/grease is frozen it is best to bring it to room temperature prior to disposal.
Household tips for recycling cooking oil:
1. Plan ahead before needing to recycle. Don't wait until you have a pan of leftover cooking oil to dump. Select a designated waste oil container, label it and put it somewhere everyone in your home can easily access.
2. After cooking, allow the oil to cool down and pour it into the storage container.
3. Locate the recycling drop-off location.
4. Be happy that you are protecting your home and city from sewer damage; you are helping the environment, and you are helping create clean energy.
It takes an active involvement to create sustainable communities. For more information on this program, please contact Stormwater Coordinator Juliana Archuleta at 303-655-2121.