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Cooking oil can now be recycled in Palmerston North

Tuesday August 11 2020

Used cooking oil is the latest addition to items that can now be recycled in Palmerston North.

Photo shows six plastic bottles of cooking oil lined up in a row.

Residents can now take their leftover oil to our Ferguson Street recycling centre for free.

The oil will be recycled into bio-fuel in Wellington.

Water and Waste Operations Manager Mike Monaghan says recycling used cooking oil has dual benefits.

“Recycling the oil into bio-fuel is far better for our environment than just putting it in the rubbish bin, but the other benefit is that it won’t end up being washed down kitchen sinks – which can block pipes and costs a lot of money to remove at our wastewater treatment plant.”

Mr Monaghan says the oil, which is most likely to come from deep frying food, can be taken to Ferguson Street recycling centre in any container.

Mr Monaghan says residents should always scrape off oil from cooking dishes or use a paper towel to absorb it. He says it can then be stored for recycling, or put into your rubbish bin. This ensures the fat and oil doesn’t risk blocking household or city wastewater pipes.

The service isn’t available for commercial quantities, but businesses can contact Council and we will put them in touch with the Wellington recycler.

Cooking oil is the latest addition to city recycling – with car seats, motor oil, batteries, appliances, mobile phones, computers and other e-waste also accepted at Ferguson Street.

Ferguson Street recycling centre

Bring your recycling and e-waste here, including batteries from handheld devices. This facility also accepts household motor oil, cooking oil, and children's car seats.

545-573 Ferguson Street

Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday 8am to 4.30pm
Sunday and Public Holidays 10am to 3pm
Anzac Day 1pm to 3pm

Closed on: Good Friday, Christmas Day

Payment: Cash, Eftpos or Paywave