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Residents can recycle cooking oil, holiday lights at city sites
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Officials remind Madison residents that they can recycle cooking oil and non-working holiday lights and extension cords at a city drop-off site.

Cooking oil can be recycled at the Streets Division sites at 1501 W. Badger Road or 4602 Sycamore Ave., according to a release. Special cooking oil collection tanks are available at those locations.

?We know that there are many people who have lots of oil left over after frying their Thanksgiving turkey,? Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. ?We are very excited to be able to offer them a chance to turn that old cooking oil into fuel for cars and trucks in our area.?

Dreckmann said since the city began collecting cooking oil, they have recycled over 10,000 gallons of oil.

The city will also accept any light strings or old extension cords for recycling, according to the release. Residents looking to recycle older lights with large bulbs should remove those large bulbs before bringing them to the recycling centers. Bulbs on newer strands of mini lights do not have to be removed.

?Many residents are changing to new energy efficient LED holiday lights and have lots of older light strings they would like to dispose of,? Dreckmann said. ?We are happy to provide them a recycling option for their old lights.?

Non-working holiday lights will be recycled through the city?s electronics recycler Universal Recycling Technologies of Janesville, Dreckmann said. There will be a specially marked electronic collection container at sites for the holiday lights.

The Badger Road and Sycamore Avenue sites will be open this week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday night until 8 p.m. They will also be open this weekend from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Starting Dec. 9, the sites will be open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the winter.

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