Fats, Oils and Grease: What do bacon, ice cream, and peanut butter all have in common? They are more than just tasty treats. They are also sources of fats, oils, and grease, also known as FOG. While fats, oil, and grease add extra flavor to your food, pouring FOG down the drain can leave a real mess in the Lawrence sewer collection system and impact our streams.
DO place cooled cooking oil, poultry and meat fats in sealed non-recyclable containers and discard with your regular garbage. DO use paper towels to wipe residual grease or oil off of dishes, pots and pans prior to washing them. ------- DO NOT dump cooking oil, poultry fat and grease into the kitchen sink or the toilet bowl. DO NOT use hot water and soap to wash grease down the drain, because it will cool and harden in your pipes or in the sewer down the line.
Safely Dispose of Cooking Grease. Pour your somewhat cooled fat, grease or oil in a sealed container and discard with your regular garbage. efore rinsing your greasy cookware and dishes, begin by wiping them off using a paper towel to absorb extra fat, oil or grease. Then, proceed to wash as usual. Scrape food scraps from dishes and cookware before washing, do not wash them down the sink.
This video from the North Central Texas Council of Governments explains why residents should not put fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the drain. The grease can stick to the inside of pipes and build up and completely clog pipes. No amount of hot water can solve the problem. FOG can also clog the sewer pipes under the streets that take the wastewater to the treatment plant. This can allow untreated sewage to run into the streets and into storm drains.