Fats, Oils, Grease

When warmed up fats, oils and greases are washed down the drain and into the plumbing system, they can cause major problems for pipelines! They harden as they cool and can then stick to the inside of water pipes, where they can build up and eventually clog the pipelines. This can lead to major sewage problems! Check out the video above of the “Fatberg” discovered in the sewer system in London, England that was the size of a bus!

Here are some tips to help you properly dispose of fats, oils and grease:

  • Scrape food scraps into a green bin, compost bin or other municipally-approved disposal method (be sure to catch food scraps and other solids with a strainer in the sink drain, and empty the strainer as well!)
  • Pour any unused grease into steel cans, empty coffee can or milk carton – let it harden and throw in the trash.
  • Wipe pots, pans and dishes with a dry paper towels before rinsing or washing them, and then throw paper towels in the garbage.
  • Rinse dishes and pans with cold water before putting them into the dishwasher.


  • Don’t pour grease down sink drains or toilets!
  • Don’t run water over dishes, pans, fryers or griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain!