Let grease or oil cool down before collecting for proper disposal. For very small amounts of oil, wipe up with a paper towel and place in your trash can. For sufficient amounts of oil that can be saved for recycling, strain out food scraps and dispose of the scraps in the trash, then pour the used oil in the container it came in (if possible,) or a clean, non-breakable container with a properly fitting lid. When the container is full, bring the used cooking oil to the recycling center, or set it out with your regular trash service. Please remember, soapsuds, hazardous waste materials, or motor oil cannot be recycled with the cooking oil. Used motor oil can be recycled at area automotive supply stores and contaminated motor oil can be recycled at the Joplin Recycling Center.
For more information contact Mary Anne Phillips at the city of Joplin, (417) 624-0820 Ext. 501, or send an e-mail here.