Thanksgiving feast aftermath…. how to recycle your cooking oil

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The devastation is complete.

The family has eaten that 20 pound bird and everything in sight.  You’ve been cooking like a maniac for a week. You look around the kitchen and there it is… the pans of cooking oil.

What can you do about it? You know throwing it down the drain is wrong.

Very wrong.

There is a solution.  In Jefferson County, there are 20 locations that recycle cooking oil and the county even offers residents a free container to put the oil in. They will not accept any glass containers and no fuel or motor oil.

This Thanksgiving holiday and from now on clean up after the big feast and meals throughout the year by recycling your oil and grease.

If you have any questions about the Jefferson County cooking oil recycling program, call 205-238-3876. If you live outside Jefferson County call your local county environmental services department. Below is a list of the 20 recycling locations in Jefferson County:

Adamsville Pharmacy
3633 Gray Avenue
Adamsville, AL 35005

Leeds Fire Station #2
8475 1st Avenue SE
Leeds, AL 35094

Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223

Midfield Fire Station
704 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
Midfield, AL 35228

Bessemer Fire Station # 3
2316 Morgan Road
Bessemer, AL 35022

North Smithfield Greenleaf Heights
4635 North Smithfield Drive
Birmingham, AL 35207

Bessemer Fire Station #4
495 Flint Hill Road
Bessemer, AL 35022

Pinson Rock School Recycling Center
4509 Center Point Road
Pinson, AL 35126

Bessemer Recycling Center
1601 1st Avenue North
Bessemer, AL 35020

Tarrant City Hall
1604 Pinson Valley Parkway
Tarrant, AL 35217

Center Point – The Pointe Apartments
1814 Bond Circle
Birmingham, AL 35215

Trussville Fire Station #1
131 Main Street
Trussville, AL 35173

Gardendale Fire Station #1
1811 Decatur Hwy. Gardendale, AL 35071

Trussville Fire Station #2
7317 Roper Road
Trussville, AL 35173

Homewood City Works building
187 Citation Court
Homewood, AL 35209

Trussville Fire Station #3
8160 Gadsden Highway
Trussville, AL 35173

Hueytown City Hall
1318 Hueytown Road Hueytown, AL 35023 UAB Campus
620 11th St. South.
Birmingham, AL 35233

Jefferson County re-fueling station
2420 8th Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203

Vestavia Hills
3400 Chestnut Ridge Lane
Vestavia Hills, AL 35216


  • Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.