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Cooking Oil Recycling Effort - C.O.R.E.

C.O.R.E. LogoUsed cooking oils are a serious problem for home plumbing and Hillsborough County's wastewater collection system. Cooking oil that’s poured down the drain doesn’t disappear. It gels and solidifies into thick layers inside drainpipes, sewage pipelines and sewage lift stations, constricting water flow. The result not only can back up home plumbing, but also can cause lift station pumps and other equipment to malfunction. That can create sewage spills, overflows onto streets, and foul odors in homes and neighborhoods. It’s messy, smelly and costly to clean up. 

Do Your Pipelines And Ours A Favor:
Recycle your used cooking oil and grease.

All cooking oils – including frying oil, and bacon and hamburger drippings - can cause problems in home plumbing and the sewage collection system. Here’s what to do:

  • Carefully pour cooled cooking oil into a large, sturdy plastic or wax-coated container, such as the original container, a juice carton, or a C.O.R.E. jug
  • Cap the container and store the container in a cool, safe location until it is full.
  • Don’t mix the grease with any other liquids or products.
  • Once the container is full, bring it to a C.O.R.E. station or to a Hillsborough County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center.
  • Repeat!

C.O.R.E. is for residential cooking oil. 
Commercial and industrial customers must contact a licensed 
commercial grease hauler for cooking oil disposal options. 

C.O.R.E. Stations

You’ve got used cooking oil and grease. We want it. Bring your container of used cooking oil and grease to one of these locations at any time. Look for the brightly-colored, free-standing cabinet with the C.O.R.E. identification. 

Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department 
Northwest Customer Service Center 
15610 Premiere Drive, Tampa 33624 
(off Northdale Boulevard, a half-mile west of Dale Mabry Highway) 

Northlakes Recreation Center 
2640 Lakeview Drive, Tampa 33618 
(east of Dale Mabry Highway in the Northlakes area) 

Woodlake Park 
9207 Woodlake Boulevard, Tampa 33615 
(south of Waters Avenue and west of Sheldon Road in Town ‘N Country) 

Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department
Brandon Support Operations Complex 
332 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa 33619 
(north of State Road 60, just south of Animal Services) 

Town ‘N Country Pump Station 
5505 Town ‘N Country Boulevard, Tampa 33615 
(east of Town ‘N Country Boulevard, north of Hillsborough Avenue) 

Covington Garden Pump Station
6505 Covington Garden Drive, Tampa FL 33572

Austin Davis Public Library
17808 Wayne Rd., Odessa 33556

Bloomingdale Regional Library
1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico 33596

Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library
2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa 33618

Seffner-Mango Branch Library
410 N. Kingsway Rd., Seffner 33584

SouthShore Regional Library
15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin 33573

Upper Tampa Bay Regional Public Library
11211 Countryway Blvd., Tampa 33626

Northwest County Solid Waste Transfer Station
8001 W. Linebaugh Ave. Tampa, FL 33625

Recycled Cooking Oil is also accepted at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers on select Saturdays monthly. Check out all of the 
locations and hours for Hillsborough County Household Hazardous Collection Centers. 

For the safety of the public and employees, the collections may be suspended during periods of threatening weather conditions. 

Types of Grease That Can Be Recycled

·         Canola Oil

·         Corn Oil

·         Lard

·         Olive Oil

·         Peanut Oil

·         Sesame Oil

·         Soybean Oil

·         Sunflower Oil

·         Vegetable Oil 

Be a Grease Buster


Put grease or cooking oil down the sink, even if you follow it with hot water or soap.

Flush cooking oil and grease down the toilet.

Put greasy foods down the drain or in the garbage disposal.


Pour leftover grease and cooking oil into a separate container. Cool and dispose of as noted above.

Before washing pots, pans and dishes, scrape leftover food into the trash can or use paper towels 
   to clean out the residue.

Clean out grease and leftover foods from the sink, and put into the trash.

Teach your children to follow your grease-fighting example.

For more information call: 
Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department 
Grease Management Program 
813-272-5977 ext. 43382