Cooking Oil Recycling Effort (C.O.R.E.)

Used cooking oils are a serious problem for home plumbing and Hillsborough County's wastewater collection system. Cooking oil that is poured down the drain gels and solidifies inside pipes, sewage lines and sewage lift stations, constricting water flow. That can back up home plumbing, and also cause equipment to malfunction, leading to sewage spills, overflows onto streets, and foul odors in homes and neighborhoods. Hillsborough County's Cooking Oil Recycling Effort is for residential cooking oil. Commercial and industrial customers must contact a licensed commercial grease hauler for cooking oil disposal.

How I can make a difference?

  1. Carefully pour cooled cooking oil into a large, sturdy plastic or wax-coated container, such as the original container, a juice carton, or a Cooking Oil Recycling Effort jug
  2. Cap the container and store in a cool, safe location
  3. Don’t mix the oil with any other liquids or products
  4. Once the container is full, bring it to a Cooking Oil Recycling Effort station or to one of our Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers

Request a presentation 

Did you know that Hillsborough County Public Utilities offers complementary educational presentations to community groups on the Cooking Oil Recycling Effort (CORE)/Unflushables Program? Standard presentations can be adjusted depending on your group size, and most presentations are 15-20 minutes in length. 

*Presentation requests must be submitted at least two weeks in advance, and please note that some presentations may not be fulfilled due to demand and scheduling conflicts.

Request a CORE presentation


Locations of Cooking Oil Recycling Effort stations

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 Cooking Oil Recycling Effort identification.

15610 Premiere Drive,, Tampa, FL 33624
(off Northdale Boulevard, a half-mile west of Dale Mabry Highway)
332 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619
(north of State Road 60, just south of Animal Services)
7625 Palm River Road, Tampa, FL 33619 17808 Wayne Road, Odessa, FL 33556 1906 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico, FL 33596 619 Vonderburg Drive, Brandon, FL 33511 2902 W. Bearss Ave., Tampa, FL 33618 10509 Riverview Drive, Tampa, FL 33578 410 N. Kingsway Road, Seffner, FL 33584 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin, FL 33573 11211 Countryway Blvd., Tampa, FL 33626 2640 Lakeview Drive, Tampa, FL 33618 (east of Dale Mabry Highway in the Northlakes area) 9207 Woodlake Blvd., Tampa, FL 33615
(south of Waters Avenue and west of Sheldon Road in Town ‘N Country)
6505 Covington Garden Drive, Tampa, FL 33572 3629 Queen Palm Drive, Tampa, FL 33619 8001 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa, FL 33625 5505 Town ‘N Country Blvd., Tampa, FL 33615
(east of Town ‘N Country Boulevard, north of Hillsborough Avenue)
1306 6th St. S.E. Ruskin, FL 33570 15401 Fishhawk Blvd. Lithia, FL 33547 5125 Durant Rd. Dover, FL 33527 980 Via Viva Brandon, FL 33511 410 30th St SE, Ruskin, FL 33570 13393 Summerfield Blvd Riverview, FL 33579

Public Utility Service Centers


Parks & Rec Centers

Other County Locations

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 more information contact our Public Utilities Grease Management Program at (813) 272-5977, ext. 43515.