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Groups make biofuel from Thanksgiving cooking oil

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Associated Press

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.

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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