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Cooking oil collection tanks closed at county waste facilities
Date: February 20, 2024
Starting immediately, Kitsap County’s household cooking oil collection tanks are closed due to new recycling regulations. We are no longer able to collect used cooking oil for recycling at the:
Currently, there are no known locations for recycling household cooking oil in Kitsap County. The privately-owned Bainbridge Island Transfer Station has also suspended its cooking oil recycle program, and the Kitsap County Household Hazardous Waste Facility does not collect cooking oil.
Avoid cooking with large amounts of oil at home. Cook with small amounts, and then use paper towels, napkins, newspaper, flour, baking soda or kitty litter to absorb the oil before disposing in your garbage. You can also search online to find other methods for hardening cooking oil.
Throw away small amounts of oil frequently; don't save it up into one large container.
For larger quantities of cooking oil (e.g., from a deep-fat fryer), solidify it with a cooking oil solidifier or stearic acid before disposing it in your household garbage. These products are available for purchase online.
Absorbing and solidifying oil is necessary to prevent dangerous oil leaks onto the roadway during trash collection. Liquid oils may be rejected for disposal.
What to avoid
Restaurants, food trucks and other food establishments should subscribe to a FREE commercial cooking oil collection service. Search online to find a list of available service providers. Or use a cooking oil solidifier or stearic acid to harden the oil before throwing it in the trash. These products are available for purchase online.
Regional cooking oil recycling companies will no longer accept cooking oil from residents due to new traceability guidelines. Traceability refers to the ability to track the origin of the oil collected. This change affects public recycling centers across Washington.
Kitsap County Solid Waste and the Washington Department of Ecology are actively researching and working with the cooking oil recycling industry to find solutions.
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The Kitsap County Board of Commissioners approved funding recommendations on Nov. 13, 2023 for over $7.2 million that will be distributed in 2024 to 30 local agencies and organizations. The funds are generated from the 1/10th of 1 percent sales and use tax designated for mental health, chemical dependency and therapeutic court services.
"Locally collected funds directly support essential programs benefiting our most vulnerable community members," said Commissioner Katie Walters, chair of the Board of County Commissioners. "These programs play a vital role in improving the mental health and well-being of thousands in Kitsap, actively preventing and reducing the impacts of behavioral health within our jail, court systems, emergency medical care, crisis services and shelters."
View a list of recipients, grant awards and programs funded at the program website.
The funding recommendations were presented to Commissioners by the Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Therapeutic Court Community Advisory Committee, an 11-member, commissioner-appointed group of volunteers. The committee reviews applications, conducts interviews and considers each proposal in relation to the county's Continuum of Care, a strategic plan created in 2021 to guide behavioral health services. A total of $12.5 million was requested in 2023, showing the growth of programs and services and need for funding.
"The work of the advisory committee is not an easy task. The thorough examination of each application is a tedious endeavor made more difficult by knowing each proposal offers services that would benefit our community greatly," noted Hannah Shockley, staff coordinator of the program with the Kitsap County Department of Human Services. "Refining the recommendations to fit the available budget is unequivocally heart-rendering."
County Commissioners express their gratitude to the committee for the many hours contributed to complete the application and recommendation review process.
The county's 1/10th of 1 percent treatment retail sales and use tax was established in 2014 to support behavioral health. Funding awarded for 2024 will be distributed to a variety of therapeutic court programs including juvenile, adult and veterans drug courts; with continued support for law enforcement, housing stabilization, reentry coordinators, and crisis intervention staff.
New program funding in 2024 for youth counseling services, recovery support networks and resource liaisons was also included. Funded organizations providing housing and support for individuals with behavioral health challenges are Kitsap Rescue Mission, Kitsap Homes of Compassion, Pendleton Place, Eagles Wings, West Sound Treatment Center, Kitsap Community Resources, and Scarlet Road.
Details on the 1/10th of 1 percent sales tax program, strategic plan, annual reports and previous funding awards are available at this website.
Hannah Shockley, Program Coordinator, Kitsap County Department of Human Services, 360-337-4827, email@example.com
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