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Get rid of holiday cooking oil and old electronics

The City of St. Augustine, in conjunction with St. Johns County Utilities and St. Johns Technical High School Academies of Coastal and Water Resources and Culinary Arts, will host a special community recycle event which includes used cooking oils and household electronics on Friday, January 4, 2019, from 7:30am-2:30pm at two convenient drop points: 25 W. Castillo Drive (Francis Field downtown) and at 840 West 16th St. on Anastasia Island.

As the community continues to celebrate the holiday season with special meals and extra cooking of meats, sauces, butter and dairy, remember that improperly disposing of fats, oils and grease (FOG) down the drain can clog pipes and cause sewage backups in your home or in the public sewer system. How will you properly dispose of FOG?

And what about those old electronics? Cell phones, VCRs, DVD players, X-Box, Playstation, or last year’s must-have tablet that gets replaced this year with the latest and greatest model?

While waiting for the January 2019 event, remember to pour small quantities of fats, oils and grease into a heat-safe container, cool it or freeze it, then seal and set it aside so it can be easily saved and safely transported for disposal delivery.  This includes any used cooking oil, such as vegetable oil, peanut oil, canola oil, deep-fryer oil, etc.  Using a heat-safe container will avoid any mishaps with the container melting or shattering.  

Participants are encouraged to drop off outdated and broken “E-waste” (electronic devices) such as computers, printers, laptops, and cell phones – see the complete list below of electronic devices to bring for recycling. 

Approved electronic devices for recycling:

  • Laptops
  • Complete PC
  • Towers
  • Hard Drives
  • Memory Chips
  • CD Drives
  • Power Supplies
  • Phone Chargers
  • Cell Phones
  • House Batteries
  • Tool Batteries
  • iPad & Tablets
  • Digital Camera
  • Stereos
    • Scanners
    • Printers
    • Copiers
    • VCRs
    • DVD Players
    • Power Cords
    • Christmas Lights

The City of St. Augustine accepts e-waste and standard recyclable materials such as cardboard, paper, and plastic, daily during regular business hours, at the Solid Waste facility, located at 601 Riberia Street.  Used cooking oils are accepted at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at 501 Riberia St., and at the St. Johns County Anastasia Island Wastewater Treatment Facility, located at 860 West 16th St.

For more information, contact Glabra Skipp, City of St. Augustine at or 904.825.1055; or Linda Fielder, St. Johns County at 904.209.2663.  Download the information flyer or watch the video announcement at or contact Solid Waste at 904.825.1049, ext. 2.