LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The City Of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation is encouraging those making Thanksgiving turkeys to recycle the cooking oil.

The oil can be dropped off at local S.A.F.E. (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, Electronics) centers.

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“Oil will be recycled for fuel and energy,” Sanitation Executive Director Enrique C. Zaldivar said in a statement. “If you are frying a turkey for the holiday, remember pouring the oil down the kitchen sink or drain can clog your house plumbing and sewer pipes and may cause sewage backups and overflows. Recycling fryer oil will help protect our environment as you celebrate the holidays.”

The oil, which must be limited to a gallon or less, can be delivered in closed leak-proof containers to one of the six following S.A.F.E. locations:


L.A.-Glendale S.A.F.E. Center

4600 Colorado Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90030

Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Randall St. S.A.F.E. Center

11025 Randall St.

Sun Valley, CA 91352

Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Nicole Bernson S.A.F.E. Center

10241 N. Balboa Blvd.

Northridge, CA 91325

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Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Washington Blvd. S.A.F.E. Center

2649 E. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Gaffey St. S.A.F.E. Center

1400 N. Gaffey St.

San Pedro, CA 90731

Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Hyperion S.A.F.E. Center

7660 W. Imperial, Gate B

Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Those who do not plan on bringing the oil to a S.A.F.E. center should put it in a sealed container in the black collections bin. For more information, click here or call the Bureau of Sanitation Hotline: 1-800-773-CITY (2489) or Department of Public Works Public Affairs Office at (213)978-0333.