TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Environmental Utilities is expanding its Used Oil-Recycling Program by teaming with Smart Fuels Florida, LLC to collect used cooking oils.
Smart Fuels Florida, a biodiesel recycling plant in Fruitland Park, provides and maintains the containers at each of the Lake County residential drop-off sites.
- Astor Residential Drop-off, located on Astor Transfer Station Road, open Tuesday & Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Clermont (Loghouse) Residential Drop-off, located at 10435 Loghouse Transfer Station Road, open Wednesday & Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Lady Lake Residential Drop-off, located at 1200 Jackson St., open Tuesday & Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Paisley Residential Drop-off, located at 44225 Spring Creek Road, open Wednesday & Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Pine Lakes Residential Drop-off, located at 43029 State Road 44, DeLand, open Thursday & Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Solid Waste Management Central Facility, located at 13130 County Landfill Road, Tavares, open Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
There is no charge for using the collection stations and residents may bring used cooking oil during regularly scheduled hours. All types of cooking oil — canola, peanut, corn, olive, palm and others — can be recycled in this new addition to the Used Oil-Recycling Program.
Lake County residents may continue to dispose of other used oil products in conjunction with the Household Hazardous Waste Program. Residents may bring all used car transmission fluid, brake fluid, anti-freeze, gas and motor oil and deposit them in the appropriately marked containers. The household hazardous waste program also accepts, from residents, propane tanks up to 20 pounds.
The Department of Environmental Utilities reminds residents that oil is a hazardous waste and is harmful to the environment and can clog septic systems. For more information regarding collection sites, call the Lake County Household Hazardous Waste Program at (352) 343-3776.