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Cooking Oil Acceptance at HPC
Cooking Oil Acceptance at the HPCTurkey Fryer
The City of Flagstaff Hazardous Products Center (HPC) will be accepting residential used cooking oil (particulates removed) on a permanent basis. Hours of acceptance are Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm and Saturdays from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. The HPC will be closed to the public on November 26 and 27, December 24-25, December 31 and January 1, 2012.

Be sure to check out below the Guidelines for cooking oil acceptance, the Benefits of proper fryer oil disposal at the HPC and Safety videos / dangers when frying turkeys.

Cooking Oil Acceptance Guidelines
Cooking oil:
  • Must be from a residence.
  • Large food particles / debris must be removed.
  • Up to 15 gallons of residential cooking oil will be accepted per HPC visit.
  • Must not be mixed with biodiesel waste. Biodiesel waste typically contains lye and methanol which are corrosive and flammable. Biodiesel waste if not identified can pose hazards to HPC staff.
  • Must not be from a business. If your business requires used cooking/fryer oil disposal/recycling services, please contact the HPC at (928) 527-9005 for further options.

Benefits of Proper Cooking Oil Disposal at the HPC
Disposing of spent cooking oil at the HPC is the right thing to do, why?
  1. The HPC collects residential used cooking oil, it is pumped by a locally owned and operated business which then transports the cooking oil for conversion into biodiesel.
  2. Using the HPC to dispose of cooking oil can help out our community's waste water treatment plants.
  3. Utilizing the HPC to dispose of cooking oil can prolong the life of your drains by helping to prevent clogging.

Keep in mind that small quantities of used clean vegetable cooking oil can be composted but when frying meat and poultry, any remaining food particulates may attract critters. Also, small quantities of solid fryer oil/grease at room temperature can be reused to make bird feeders.

Holiday Turkey Frying Safety, Videos and Dangers
Frying turkeys can truly be a delicious treat but frying turkeys can also cause property damage, serious injuries and/or be fatal. For those who still cannot resist the turkey frying tradition, check out the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) video that offers safety tips for using turkey fryers or view State Farms video on Turkey fryer dangers.

Tips for Frying Turkeys:
  • Always use a turkey fryer outside away from buildings or flammable materials.
  • Never use a turkey fryer in a garage or on a wooden deck.
  • Make sure the fryer is on flat ground to reduce the chance of tipping.
  • Never leave the fryer alone, an unwatched fryer will continue to heat until it bursts into flames.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer.
  • Don’t overfill the fryer.
  • Wear Personal Protective Equipment; Wear safety glasses or goggles and use well insulated oven mits or potholders.
  • Only cook a completely thawed turkey (refrigerator thaw 24 hours for every 5 lbs of bird) Be careful with marinades as oil and water don’t mix. Water could make the oil spill over and create a fire/explosion.
  • Keep an all purpose fire extinguisher handy. If a fire does start, do not use water to extinguish it. Call 911.
  • Don’t use ice to cool the oil.

Watch the safety videos!