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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:
Put Grease Where It Belongs

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 (available for free at the C.O.R.E. stations listed on the other side).
  • Cap the container. If the container is not the original or a C.O.R.E. jug, label it as holding cooking oil.
  • 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 Chemicals and Electronics Collections 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. Pick up a cooking oil recycling jug and return it – or bring your own container – 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)

Hillsborough County Household Chemicals and
Electronics Collections Centers

9805 N. Sheldon Road, Tampa 33635
First Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

South County
13000 U.S. Highway 41, Gibsonton 33534
(use Powell Road entrance, off U.S. Highway 41, a quarter-mile north of Big Bend Road)
Second Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

East County
6209 County Road 579, Seffner 33584
(a quarter-mile north of Interstate 4, exit 10)
Third Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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


  • Flush 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 the
Hillsborough County Public Utilities Department
Grease Management Program