Reducing Fats, Oils, and Grease in
Your Home or Apartment
Following these dos and don'ts will help
you and your neighbors avoid expensive sewer backups, plumbing emergencies,
and rate increases to cover sewer maintenance and repairs, while helping protect
water quality in your community.
Recycle used cooking oil or properly
dispose of it by pouring it into a sealable container and placing the sealed
container in the trash. To recycle large amounts, such as what's left over
from a catfish fry or frying a turkey, contact a local recycler by looking in
the yellow pages under "Greases" or "Rendering". If you have a lot of oil to
dispose of, use clay cat litter. Just mix the litter, a little at a time,
into the oil. When all the oil has been absorbed, pour the cat litter into a
trash bag, seal the bag, then dispose of it in your
Place a catch basket or screen over the
sink drain when rinsing dishware, or when peeling or trimming food, to catch
small scraps that would otherwise be washed down the drain. Throw the scraps
in the trash.
Rinse dishes and pans with cold water
before putting them in the dishwasher. Hot water melts the fats, oils, and
grease (FOG) off the dishes and into the sewer pipes. Later on in the sewer,
the hot water will cool and the FOG will clog the pipes.
Don't pour cooking oil, pan drippings,
bacon grease, salad dressings, or sauces down the sink or toilet, or into
street gutters or storm drains.
cities that sponsor collections of hazardous household waste accept used
cooking oil. Check with you local contact to find out if your community
accepts cooking oil. If your community is not listed, call your solid waste
service to check.