Cease the Grease

Please avoid pouring fats, oil, grease (F.O.G.) or food scraps into your sink or toilet.  These materials are generated during food preparation and do not mix well with water.  These materials can also build up and block your sewer pipe coming from your home causing sewer overflows inside your home, and can even clog the city sewer mains causing spills into our streets and streams.  Listed below are some tips on how to dispose of F.O.G.:

  • Put oil and grease in covered collection containers like a cardboard or plastic milk carton.  For those disposable fast food cups, just take the lid off and you're ready to go.
  • Scrape food scraps from dishes into trash cans and garbage bags and dispose of properly.  Avoid using your garbage disposal.
  • Remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers, and griddles.  Cool first before you skim, scrape, or wipe off excess grease.  Do not use cloth towels or rags since the grease gets trapped in the material and will still end up in the sewer.
  • Prewash dishes and pans with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher.
  • Cover kitchen sink with catch basket and empty into garbage can as needed.
  • Cover floor drain with fine screen and empty into garbage can as needed.

More Ways to Tackle Grease

Use environmentally safe cleaning products instead of harsh detergents or cleaners that can damage sewer lines.

If you generate large amounts of used cooking oil, reuse or recycle it.  To find a recycler, check the phone book under "recyclers" or "rendering companies".

If you generate small amounts of used cooking oil, reuse it as often as possible and then pour it into a container you can throw away, or over a newspaper or paper towel for disposal.  For a slightly larger amount of grease, use clay cat litter mixed into the oil until it is absorbed.  It can then be put into a trash bag and thrown away.  Never pour it down the drain.