Cooking oil now accepted for recycling at Drop-Off Station

Recycle Ann Arbor continues to expand services

Cooking oil is the latest addition to materials accepted at Recycle Ann Arbor’s Drop-Off Station as the agency continues to expand its services in innovative ways.

“We are constantly striving to expand the recycling services we offer, specifically trying to implement those services that customers ask for,” according to Christine Chessler-Stull, outreach and zero-waste coordinator at RAA, which is a subsidiary of the Ecology Center.

“Customers often brought cooking oil to the Drop-Off Station for recycling and then were disappointed to find that it was not accepted on-site,” Chessler-Stull said. “So earlier this month, we added a collection point in the barn for people to drop off cooking oil.”

The oil will be collected and processed into biodiesel by Thumb BioEnergy LLC, based in Sandusky, Mich.

After paying the $3 entry fee, customers will be able to bring up to five gallons of plant-based cooking oil to the Drop-Off Station, 2950 E. Ellsworth Rd. in Ann Arbor. Those with more than five gallons will be charged an additional 25 cents per gallon.

Plant-based oils include products like vegetable, sesame, peanut, canola and olive oils. No animal-based oils or fats can be recycled, and the oils should not be mixed with water.

“Customers should bring the oil to the Drop-Off Station in a strong, sealed container with a tight-fitting lid,” Chessler-Stull says. “And we encourage customers to use small containers, five gallons or less. No barrels or drums will be accepted for collection, and if you’re re-purposing a juice container or detergent container, it should be thoroughly washed out before filling with the oil.”

The Drop-Off Station is regularly open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Until August 25, the Drop-Off Station will be open on Mondays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In addition to cooking oil, many other items are accepted for recycling at the Drop-Off Station. For more information about what materials are accepted and any additional fees that might be required, call 734-971-7400 or see

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