Never put fat, oil or grease down the drain or toilet. It can clog not only your pipes but also the city sewer mains. You should also not add oil to a septic system. It can clog pipes and, even worse, your distribution lines and drainage field. For a deeper dive on the environmental benefits of recycling cooking oil, go here.

Residents can take cooking oil to the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station. Drop-off is free.
Please follow the guidelines below:

  • For use by residents with cooking oil from their home kitchens. Cooking oil from businesses cannot be recycled here.
  • Before bringing your cooking oil, filter it at home using a strainer, coffee filter, or cheesecloth. Compost or throw away the food particles you filter out.  Take your empty container home to reuse or throw away. Do not leave it in the recycling area.
  • Cooking oil must be in a liquid state; no bacon grease or lard.
    (If you have bacon grease or lard to dispose of, pour the fat or grease into a sturdy container. Once it has cooled and solidified, put the container in the garbage. Put greasy and oily paper towels in the garbage or in your compost cart.)

The cooking oil is recycled by Mahoney Environmental and turned into new products such as animal feed or alternative fuel (biodiesel).

Check out this article about how to properly and safely reuse fry oil.

Last updated 3/19/21