Cooking Oil Recycling
*Cooking oil recycling is not available at SCARCE. Please see below for locations.
Update Mar 2020: The drop-off locations below may be subject to closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please check with each location before making a drop-off.
Keep Cooking Oil Out of Your Sink
Even if hot water is running and grease is liquid when it goes down the drain, cooking oils and fats solidify when they reach cold pipes. Cities and homeowners spend thousands of dollars on resulting sewer clogs. Garbage is for solid waste only so what’s a person to do?
Recycle your used cooking oil into biodiesel! Save your vegetable cooking oil in a container and bring it to a cooking oil recycling location or special event. Locations accept liquid, vegetable-based cooking oil only – no animal fats (ie those solid at room temperature).
For more info on cooking oil recycling including what to do with animal fats, read our short blog.
Thanks to a grant from the DuPage Foundation, SCARCE has been able to help communities establish permanent cooking oil collection sites.
Permanent Cooking Oil Collection Sites
717 East Jefferson St, Bensenville
2710 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove
24 hour drop-off
945 Bemis Rd Glen Ellyn
156 Fort Hill Dr, Naperville
Saturdays & Sundays 9 AM - 2 PM
23W040 Poss St, Glen Ellyn
Monday-Friday 7am - 3pm
201 IL-83, Villa Park, IL 60181
*Entrance can only be accessed from NB IL Route 83
Monday - Friday 8 AM - 3 PM
Public Works Yard (south side of 821 W Liberty)
2nd Saturday of each month from 9 AM - Noon
1S649 Shaffner, Wheaton
Every Saturday, 10 AM - Noon
30W575 Roosevelt Rd, West Chicago
Mondays (excluding holidays) 7am - 11am
7900 S. Route 53, Woodridge
Monday - Friday 8 AM - 2 PM
Institute of Environmental Sustainability
6349 N. Kenmore Ave. Chicago
Monday - Saturday 9am-5pm
Cooking Oil Collection Day
Saturday, November 28, 2020 9am-12pm (Thanksgiving Weekend)
To make cooking oil recycling more convenient for residents, each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving additional temporary drop-off locations are available for liquid cooking oil. If you’re frying a turkey – or anything else – please bring liquid cooking oil (vegetable-based only, no bacon fat or other solid animal fats) in a container to one of the participating locations. Containers will not be returned so be sure to bring one you don’t mind leaving behind. Click Here for a List of Locations
Thank you to our recycling partner Green Grease Environmental.