City’s ESD: Recycle the Grease From Your Thanksgiving Feast

The Environmental Services Department is once again encouraging everyone to recycle used cooking oil and grease whenever possible over the Thanksgiving holiday and never put them down the drain.

ESD officials say that nearly 50 percent of all sewage overflows nationwide are caused by homeowners who improperly dispose of fats, oils and grease (FOG), which can clog pipes and wastewater lines, causing messy back-ups and costly repairs.

For small amounts of household grease, residents can wipe the pan with a paper towel and place it in the trash. Small amounts can also be poured into a container to freeze before disposal in grey bins. Whenever possible recycle oil and grease.

Large quantity of greases from frying turkeys should be taken to a Citizen Collection Station.

Starting Saturday, November 24, residents can drop off used cooking oil, fats or grease at the following Citizen Collection Stations (CCS):

  • 3510 Confederate (Far East)
  • 1034 Pendale (East)
  • 4501 Hondo Pass (Northeast)
  • 2492 Harrison (Central)
  • 121 Atlantic (West)

The CCS locations will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular operating hours are Tuesday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. but will be closed November 22 and 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Residents will NOT need to provide a water bill to drop off cooking oil. The CCS does not accept cooking oil from business or commercial customers.

Restaurants and food trucks are required to be registered with El Paso Water’s FOG program. For questions on commercial disposal, contact the Environmental Compliance & Industrial Pretreatment department at (915) 594-5729.

For more information, visit the Environmental Services Department at or call 311.