What to do with fats, oils and grease (in your home)

 

Putting fats, oils and grease down the sink can cause a real pain in the drain. As they travel through pipes and sewers, these items harden and pick up other materials along the way. The result: clogged pipes in your home and blocked sewers that can oveflow into homes, businesses and the environment.

Offiziellbilligkobebryantschuhe and its member municipalities spend $2.7 million every year to repair damage caused by fats, oils and grease in the sewer system. And that's not counting the costs to individual homeowners to fix clogged pipes. Save your pipes (and your sewers): put grease in your green bin, not down the drain.

What can't go down the drain

Most of us know bacon grease doesn’t go down the drain, but did you know that there are lots of other foods that can clog pipes?

  • Fats

    FATS – dairy products, margarine, shortening, gravy

  • Oils

    OILS – cooking oils (olive, coconut, canola, vegetable, peanut, etc.), salad dressing, mayonnaise

  • Grease

    GREASE – animal fats left over from cooking meats (bacon grease, pan drippings, etc.).

How to dispose of fats, oils and grease

Need to dispose of a lot of used cooking oil and can’t get to a depot? Try putting small amounts in your green bin every day until you have disposed of the entire amount. Only put in what can be absorbed by the contents of your green bin (fuller green bins can absorb more liquids than emptier ones). Excess liquids in the green bin can cause problems further down the line, as the trucks that collect green bins are not designed to handle liquids.

Fact checker: common grease myths

Find out if these common myths about fats, oils and grease are fact or fiction.

How fats, oils and grease affect the sewer system

Check out these videos to see firsthand what happens when fats, oils and grease get into the region’s sewer system.

 

 

Grease in sewers: how maintenance crews remove grease buildup to keep the wastewater system running.

How fats, oils and grease affect our sewer system (and your household plumbing).

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