Have you ever thought about recycling the leftover grease from your Thanksgiving turkey? If not, your time is now! Your opportunity to take a small green step for the planet is here. You can plan to participate in the Day After Thanksgiving Grease Recycling Day on November 23rd. We want your turkey grease & I am going to give you three good reasons why you will want to start, or maybe even continue, this great family grease recycling tradition!

#1 Your turkey grease and used cooking oils from things like French fries, bacon, etc., can be converted into biodiesel. More and more people every day are operating their vehicles with biodiesel instead of petroleum. The mantra for Tucson Clean Cities, one of the sponsors of the day after Thanksgiving grease recycle event, is to promote the use of alternative fuels to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil. Gotta love that!

#2 You really don’t want to put your grease down the drain. Grease causes damage to your own pipes and to the sewer pipes which ends up costing us money – as homeowners and taxpayers. Allow me to get a little graphic here to inspire you – grease can cause sewers to back-up if there’s too much of it after a heavy rain.  It really is not a pleasant sight nor odor. And cockroaches LOVE grease. It’s just a visual I can live without – can’t you? Have I inspired you to recycle your turkey grease yet?

#3. My number three reason is not about the drains or the biodiesel or the cockroaches. My number three reason is about taking another small step by doing the right thing for the planet. Tucson & Pima County make this a fun & successful event year after year. You can set an example for your kids and grandkids and maybe even your neighbors by collecting and recycling your grease. You might even become the Grease Recycling Guru in your neighborhood. Small steps, big impact. And you will feel so good about it.

The drop-off locations are listed below for this Friday, Nov. 23, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

EAST: O’Reilly Chevrolet

6160 E. Broadway Blvd. One block west of Wilmot Road

MidTown: Ward 3

1510 E. Grant Rd Between Vine and Cherry

Northwest Pima Vocational High School

5025 W. Ina Road, 1/4 mile west of I-10

South: City of Tucson,  Water Plant #2

1102 W. Irvington Road. From I-19, exit west on Irvington Road. Turn right at first light, across from McDonald’s.

Interested in hearing more on green talk radio? Join us at 7:00 p.m. tonight as Mrs. Green talks to Clean Cities’ Colleen Crowninshield about why you will want to join the grease recycling brigade taking positive steps for our community and our planet. Happy Turkey Day!  Here’s the link: http://mgwwebhost.wpengine.com/2012/11/13/pima-county-day-after-thanksgiving-grease-collection-recycling-event-2/