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updated: 11/21/2013 7:09 AM

Groups make biofuel from Thanksgiving cooking oil

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It turns out the used cooking oil from your Thanksgiving feast could end up fueling a bus.

Naperville is among several communities in northern Illinois inviting residents to drop off used cooking oil at recycling events the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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The oil collected in Naperville will be processed into biofuel by a group called Green Grease Environmental. The fuel is used in grease-burning engines and boilers or as feedstock for biodiesel production.

Residents are asked to bring oil at room temperature in milk jugs or other containers to the city's Recycling Drop-Off Center or the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Facility.

Dumping grease down drains can clog sewer pipes and cause breaks. It can also disrupt biological processes at water treatment plants.

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