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The City of St. Augustine, in conjunction with St. Johns County Utilities, will host a special community recycle event which includes used cooking oils and household electronics on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, from 7:30am-2:30pm, at two convenient drop points: 25 W. Castillo Drive (Francis Field downtown) and at 840 West 16th St. on Anastasia Island.
As the community continues to celebrate the holiday season with special meals and extra cooking of meats, sauces, butter, and dairy, remember that improperly disposing of fats, oils and grease (FOG) down the drain can clog pipes and cause sewage backups in your home or in the public sewer system. How will you properly dispose of FOG?
While waiting for the January 2022 event, remember to pour small quantities of fats, oils, and grease into a heat-safe container, cool it or freeze it, then seal and set it aside so it can be easily saved and safely transported for disposal delivery. This includes any used cooking oil, such as vegetable oil, peanut oil, canola oil, deep-fryer oil, etc. Using a heat-safe container will avoid any mishaps with the container melting or shattering.
And what about those old electronics? Cell phones, VCRs, DVD players, X-Box, PlayStation, or last year’s must-have tablet that gets replaced this year with the latest and greatest model?
Outdated and broken “E-waste” (electronic devices) such as computers, printers, laptops, and cell phones are accepted, as well. See the complete list below:
Throughout the year, the City of St. Augustine accepts all recyclable materials daily during regular business hours, at the Solid Waste Facility and at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at 601/501 Riberia St. (respectively). St. Johns County Anastasia Island Wastewater Treatment Facility accepts only used cooking oil year-round at 860 West 16th St.
For more information, contact Glabra Skipp, City of St. Augustine Environmental Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904.825.1055; Olivia Smith, Solid Waste Manager, at email@example.com or 904.825.1049, ext. 2, in St. Johns County, Linda Fielder, at 904.209.2663. The event flyer is available online.