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Cooking Oil Recycling Program Needs More Donations

The City of Smyrna wants your used cooking oil to help power its fleet of trucks.

Credit: Hunt Archbold
Credit: Hunt Archbold
The City of Smyrna and Keep Smyrna Beautiful need your help to reduce costs and help make the city's fleet of service trucks more environmentally-friendly.

Last year, the city's sewer, street, and trash collecting trucks were modified to allow them to accept biodiesel fuel made from recycled cooking oil. In addition, the city built a 1,200 sq. ft. recycling plant through the help of a federal grant.

The Marietta Daily Journal reports that the biodiesel apparatus saves $1.20 per gallon on diesel fuel. Diesel prices in Smyrna currently sit in the $3.69 range.

However, all the recycling plants and conversion kits in the world won't save the city much money or save the environment if there's no used cooking oil being donated to the city for conversion to biodiesel.

To donate your used cooking oil to the city for conversion to biodiesel, all you have to do is get the oil back in to the original plastic jug it came in, or an empty milk jug. Once you've collected it all, drop it off at the Smyrna Recycling Center at 645 Smyrna Hill Dr.

The cooking oil recycling program is open to non-residents of Smyrna, too.

For more information on the recycling program or Keep Smyrna Beautiful's efforts to make the city greener, contact them at (770) 431-2863 or akirk@smyrnaga.gov.

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