Donate your turkey grease

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  • Henry Alva

Like any red-blooded Louisiana-American, you'll likely be plunging your Thanksgiving turkey into the golden pool of a turkey fryer tomorrow. You'll plunk it on the dinner table or buffet, shove a knife into its side and declare victory in the name of America the Beautiful.

But waiting by your garage is a lonely, festering pot of spent cooking oil with nothing left to fry. What are you going to do with it? Well, you can donate it. Yes, your used turkey grease is a valuable commodity for some, and there are plenty of folks willing to take it off your hands — like Operations REACH's Gulfsouth Youth Biodiesel Project.

The program collects used cooking oil from turkey fryers to be used for biodiesel fuels rather than see it poured down a storm drain — which you should definitely not do with your oil even if you don't donate it. By 2012, the project seeks to recycle more than half a million gallons of oil into biodiesel.

A full list of drop-off locations and dates after the jump:

Let the oil cool before handling, and use a funnel to pour oil back into its container or another sealed container.

Whole Foods Market Arabella Station
5600 Magazine St. 899-9119
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 to Saturday, Dec. 3

Whole Foods Market Veterans
3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 888-8225)
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28 to Saturday, Dec. 3

Operation REACH
1700 Josephine St.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday Nov. 28 to Friday, Dec. 2

Delgado Jefferson Campus
5200 Blair Drive, Metairie
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday Nov. 28 to Friday, Dec. 2

Allied Waste Recycling
808 L and A Road, Metairie
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 only

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