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KTA Teams Up with Pacific Biodiesel to Recycle Household Used Cooking Oil

November 15, 2021, 8:55 AM HST
* Updated November 15, 9:10 AM
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Sunflower Bloom. PC: Pacific Biodiesel

KTA Super Stores is partnering with Pacific Biodiesel and Maiden Hawai‘i Naturals to make it easier for consumers to purchase locally made culinary oil, recycle their household used cooking oil, and help support families in need this holiday season. 

November 15 is America Recycles Day, and this year KTA Super Stores is challenging the community to “Choose Hawai‘i ” by buying local products and recycling beyond the typical HI5 items.

Used cooking oil pumping. PC: Pacific Biodiesel

The “Choose Hawai‘i” campaign kicks off on Monday, Nov. 15 with an Instagram and Facebook giveaway and special holiday pricing on Maiden Hawai‘i Naturals culinary oils. Then used cooking oil collections will happen daily from Nov. 26 through Dec. 7 at Pacific Biodiesel’s refinery and on Sunday, Dec. 5 at KTA Super Stores Puainako location. For every gallon of household UCO collected during this time period, Pacific Biodiesel will donate $1 to The Food Basket to help end hunger on Hawai‘i Island. 

Sunflower harvest. PC: Pacific Biodiesel

Used cooking oil may not be the first thing that you think of to take in for recycling, but there are many reasons to recycle this household byproduct. Used cooking oil dumped down a kitchen drain can create clogs and cause problems for wastewater treatment plants, while UCO dumped in the ground or taken to the landfill can seep into the water table. These results can be destructive both to homeowners and the environment. 

PC: Maiden Hawai‘i Naturals

Pacific Biodiesel is Hawai‘i’s only commercial producer of biodiesel. At its refinery on Hawai‘i Island, the company annually produces more than 5.5 million gallons of premium, distilled biodiesel that’s sold entirely in Hawai‘i. The company recycles used cooking oil from restaurants statewide for use in the production of biodiesel. For every gallon of UCO that is recycled, nearly one gallon of biodiesel is produced by Pacific Biodiesel. 

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Co-founder Kelly King of Maui was recently appointed to a seat on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Governments Advisory Committee. She was also selected as one of two delegates who attended the UN Climate Change of the Parties (COP 26) in Scotland.

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To “Choose Hawai‘i” and help save the world 1 gallon at a time, follow these steps to prepare your household used cooking oil for recycling: 

  • Allow the UCO to cool thoroughly after use. Store the cooled oil in a leak-proof glass, plastic, or metal container with a secure lid. This is a great way to reuse an old pickle jar! 
  • Bring the sealed container to the drop-off point and place in the containment tray as instructed.
  • Please note that you may not bring any of the following items: motor oil, petroleum-based products, solid food waste, paint, trash

Properly prepared household UCO can be dropped off at the following locations: 

  • Pacific Biodiesel, 16-240 Mikihala St., Keaʻau, HI 96749: from Nov. 26 through Dec. 7, 2021, daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • KTA Super Stores Puainako Parking Lot along Highway 11, 50 East Puainako St, Hilo, HI, 96720: Sunday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
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