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After the meal… trash and recycling


After you’ve enjoyed your deep fried Thanksgiving turkey, you have probably wondered what to do with the gallons of accompanying grease. While it may seem harmless to pour your used oil down the drain, or try and stash it in the garbage, dumping any amount of cooking oil can damage your local sewage systems and harm wildlife. The solution? Recycle it!

This Thanksgiving, Montgomery County residents can recycle cooking oil at the Precinct 3 Recycling Facility during regular business hours.  Please note: The facility will be closed Thursday, November 24 through Saturday, November 26 in observance of the holiday. 

Residents of Harris County can recycle used cooking oil free of charge at their county’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility during regular business hours by appointment only. Please note: The facility will close on Wednesday, November 23 in observance of the holiday. 

Discover other drop-off locations and more information about recycling beyond curbside in the Recycle More Guide.

When the cooking, eating and visiting are done, please remember there will be NO solid waste collection services on Thursday, November 24, 2022, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Curbside services will resume on Friday, November 25, 2022. Households that usually receive pickup on Thursday or Friday will receive collection on the day following their regular service day. All services are affected – trash, recycling, yard trimmings and bulk pickup.

For quick tips to keep your pipes clean this holiday, check out this video by Take Care of Texas

To report missed pickups, please call Waste Management Customer Service at 800-800-5804 or

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