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Sewer District Collecting Turkey Grease For Biofuel Program

Great Neck Water Pollution Control District goes "green" for Thanksgiving.

Is a deep-fried turkey on the menu this holiday season at you holiday table? If so, the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District wants some of your leftovers.

Keep the meet, but turn over excess oils, fats and greases for use as biofuel in district trucks and other equipment. The biofuel produced will generate electricity at the district facility and help decrease its carbon footprint, according to GNWPCD officials.

The process is both efficiaent and good for the environment, according to district sewer commissioners.

"When oil and grease are poured into a sink drain or flushed down a toilet, they adhere to the inside of sewer pipes, reducing the inside diameter, which causes build up and eventual blockage, much the same as the cholesterol build up in your blood arteries," said GNWPCD Chairman Jerry Landsberg, in a release. "This can cause significant problems if introduced into our sewage systems. By setting up this collection, we will not only ease the hassle of proper disposal for our residents, but will also help prevent damage to our sewer infrastructure and our environment."

Interested residents may call anytime before Thanksgiving Day and schedule a free at-home oil and grease pick-up for Nov. 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

When cooking is complete after the oil cools, carefully put the cover on your deep fryer. Collect all excess grease and oil in a sealable container. When the pick-up occurs, district staff will pour the oil from your deep fryer and other containers into our collection vessel.

To schedule a free pick-up, call (516) 482-0238 and provide a name, address and phone number.

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