The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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November 21, 2012

Beckley Sanitary Board offers Thanksgiving waste disposal tips

BECKLEY — As Thanksgiving Day feasts are prepared for Thursday, the Beckley Sanitary Board encourages everyone to refrain from disposing of fats, oils and greases down the kitchen sink.

Education and Communications Coordinator Kara Van Pelt said two drop-off locations are available through 30 to dispose of used cooking oil.

The Beckley Sanitary Board, located at 301 S. Heber St., will accept used cooking oils in original packaging during normal business hours that week.

Valley Proteins, at 136 Industrial Park Road, Beaver, will also be a drop-off site. Call Bill Shelton to set up an appointment at 304-255-2095, ext. 16101.

These services will be offered free of charge and Van Pelt urges residents to take advantage of the disposal.

When deep fried, a Thanksgiving turkey can create up to 20 gallons of used cooking oil.

“When fats, oils and greases are poured down the drain, they can harden and clog, and even cause sewage backups,” Van Pelt said.

She said fat, oils and greases are the No. 1 cause of blocked pipes and sewer overflows, which can cause health problems, as well as environmental issues.

“Clean up can be expensive, unpleasant and cause exposure to disease-causing organisms.”

Even if you do not take advantage of the free drop-off sites, Van Pelt said to dispose of fats, oils and greases by putting them in the trash, never down the drain.

For more information, call 304-256-1760 or visit www.beckleysanitaryboard.org.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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