The Harker Heights Recycling Center will be expanding its offerings to residents in the coming weeks.

Central Texas College Enactus students proposed “Operation Liquid Gold,” to reduce fat, oil and grease in the Harker Heights wastewater system through an educational awareness campaign that is aimed at the collection and recycling of used cooking oil.

The city will enter into a memorandum of understanding with the club today. Mark Hyde, director of public works, said the city could obtain the receptacle by early next week.

“Especially with all the fish fries coming up and a shift towards people deep frying turkeys at Thanksgiving, this is a great idea for the city,” said City Manager David Mitchell.

Enactus will provide, maintain and routinely empty the used-cooking-oil container at the city’s drop site and recycling center, located at 114 East Farm-to-Market 2410, at no cost to the city.

Michelle Gilmore and Sandy Lane, co-executive directors for Enactus’ Liquid Gold program, are spearheading the expansion.

Currently, Killeen has a bin at it’s recycling center and the group has plans to implement oil recycling in Copperas Cove and in the Killeen Independent School District.

“You always hear people talking about recycling cans and bottles, but you never hear about recycling oil,” Gilmore said. “People don’t realize that something as simple as leftover cooking oil can have such an adverse affect on not only the environment, but a city’s pipe system if its not disposed of properly.”

The student-led group created the program after learning that Killeen footed a bill for $900,000 in March 2010 for damage accrued at the city’s south sewage treatment plant.

“When we see a problem in our community, we implement programs to help,” she said.

Formerly known as The Students In Free Enterprise, Enactus is an international nonprofit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need, according to the club’s website.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at or 254-501-7567.

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