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College collecting residents' kitchen grease

December 3, 2011 |  6:00 pm

For the environmentally conscious who still like deep-fried turkey and other holiday eats, Orange Coast College has a solution.

The OCC Recycling Center, along with the Costa Mesa Sanitary District, has launched a pilot program to collect and recycle residential kitchen grease, oil and fat that would normally get poured down the drain or thrown in the trash.

"I hope people take advantage of this program," Scott Carroll, sanitary district general manager, told the Daily Pilot. "We think this is the first of its kind in California."

The recycling center is collecting the waste products in two, 50-gallon vats that will be picked up and recycled into biofuel, or items like dog food, soap and cosmetics, said OCC Sustainability Director Mike Carey.

The recycling center doesn't pay for the grease and isn't getting paid for it as this point, Carey said.

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