Next time you cook a delicious dinner for your family, do not be quick to ignore the silent killer of your home’s plumbing system. Used cooking oil is one of the largest issues affecting Hillsborough County’s wastewater collection system and home plumbing. According to the Hillsborough County website, cooking oil that is poured down the drain can solidify and constrict water flow, leading to issues such as overflow, sewage spills, and bad odors in homes and neighborhoods.

Join Hillsborough County’s Cooking Oil Recycling Effort (C.O.R.E) to help your community and the environment by following these simple steps as posted by the Hillsborough County website. (See steps below).

C.O.R.E stations accept only residential cooking oil. For information on drop-off locations near you, visit

Cooking Oil Recycling Effort (C.O.R.E.)

1. Carefully pour cooled cooking oil into a large, sturdy plastic or wax-coated container, such as the original container, a juice carton, or a Cooking Oil Recycling Effort jug
2. Cap the container and store in a cool, safe location
3. Don’t mix the oil with any other liquids or products
4. Once the container is full, bring it to a Cooking Oil Recycling Effort station or to one of our Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers.

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