UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
WACO -- Instead of throwing away your cooking grease after Thanksgiving, the city of Waco will take it. The Water Utility Services is asking people to bring their cooking oil and grease to recycling stations set up around the city.
After the containers are full of grease, they're taken to wastewater treatment plant and used to generate methane gas and electricity to run the plant. Water Utility Services spokesperson, Jonathan Echols, says they have received 1,000 gallons of grease since the program started this time last year.
"This kind of waste in particular for us is much higher in its potential energy production. We can create about ten times more energy from this than we can from the typical waste product that we get at the plant. So, it's highly efficient," said Echols.
Five cooking oil recycling stations are placed around the city. For a map of the drop off locations, click here.