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ECUA Opens New Perdido Key/Grand Lagoon Residential Cooking Oil Disposal Station
07/14/2014

The new ECUA Residential Cooking Oil Disposal Station, located at the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department Sub-Station, 12950 Gulf Beach Highway, began operation on Friday, July 11, 2014. The station provides easy access for Perdido Key and Grand Lagoon residents to capture and dispose of their cooking oil and grease in an environmentally safe and effective manner.

The Disposal Station is stocked with FREE plastic containers (Various container sizes available).

• ECUA customers can remove the FREE container for environmentally safe residential oil and grease disposal.
• ECUA customers are asked to return the filled container to the Disposal Station, and exchange it for an empty container, ready to repeat the process.
• Once the cooking oil and grease is collected it’s then recycled as biodiesel fuel. It’s just that simple!

Utilizing the Residential Cooking Oil Disposal Station Will Keep Our Sewers Fat-Free and Eliminate Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG)…

• FOG refers to Fats, Oils and Grease, which originates in most kitchens, as a byproduct of cooking.
• When washed down the drain, FOG sticks to the inside of sewer pipes. In time, the FOG buildup can constrict flow and eventually block the entire pipe, causing sewage backups and overflows.
• A sewage overflow will find its way from the street level into the storm drain, causing a potential environmental hazard.
• Disposing of household oil and grease correctly is essential to ensure that your home’s plumbing and ECUA sewer lines don’t get clogged.
• Pouring cooking grease and oil down the drain is not recommended because as oil and grease cools, it hardens, leading to “chokes” in your plumbing or sewer line.
• FOG costs ECUA sewer customers money! These costs are ultimately paid by you, the consumer! Help keep FOG out of our sewer pipes. Take that extra step.
• You can make a difference!

For additional information visit the ECUA website at www.ecua.fl.gov or call a customer service specialist at (850) 476-0480.