Fats, Oil and Grease Don’t Belong Down the Drain
Think twice before you pour something down the drain. Just like fatty foods clog human arteries, fats, oils and grease build up inside our sewer lines. Warm fats, oils and grease washed down the drain will cool, harden and stick to the inside of sewer pipes. Over time, this can cause blockages and even sewer backups – which are unpleasant, messy and costly for property owners.
Some of the biggest contributors to sanitary sewer backups are things poured down your kitchen drain or garbage disposal.
Things you shouldn’t pour down the drain or garbage disposal include:
- Cooking oil
- Meat scraps
- Food scraps containing fats
Instead, here are some options for disposing of these items:
- Cooking oil: Bring it to the City’s monthly electronic recycling collections, which take place on the second Saturday of each month. Cooking oil can be turned into biofuel.
- Meat scraps, butter and other food scraps containing fats: Throw them in the garbage.
- Grease: Pour grease from cooking into an empty container. Allow it to cool before throwing it in the trash. Use a paper towel to wipe out remaining grease in the pan before washing.