Thanks to help from business students at Central Texas College, Killeen residents may soon have the option to recycle used cooking oil at the Killeen Recycling Center.
A proposed agreement between CTC and the city is up for approval by the Killeen City Council next week.
Controversy over how to solve the city’s ongoing problem of fats, oils and grease accumulating in Killeen sewers arose in December after area restaurant owners protested the city’s FOG ordinance.
The law was created after the city had to pay $900,000 in March 2010 for damage sewer grease caused to the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 south wastewater treatment plant.
One of the problems, identified by students in CTC’s Enactus program, was that Killeen does not have a central location for residents to recycle used cooking oil.
The proposed “Operation Liquid Gold” would enlist CTC students to educate residents on proper cooking oil disposal, establish oil recycling bins across the city and sell the oil to a local grease recycling company.
According to the proposed agreement, the city’s only cost would be providing space for an oil recycling bin at the Killeen Recycling Center, 111 E. Avenue F.
Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Blackstone said she was in favor of the agreement.
“There’s really no downside to it,” Blackstone said. “Recycling is high on my list, not because of money or anything, but just because it is the right thing to do.”
Michael Leatherman, a student in the Enactus program, told the council Tuesday that there are plans to maintain recycling bins at three area apartment complexes and at Dave’s Sports Bar and Grill and the Cove House in Copperas Cove.
Leatherman also said Jarrell-based CenTex Grease will buy the used cooking oil for 10 to 25 cents per gallon from the entities where the recycling bins are located.
“Those owners will end up generating revenue off that grease,” Leatherman said.