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The Right Way to Dispose of Grease & Oil

Most of us know not to pour cooking grease and oil down the sink. But what exactly are you supposed to do with it? Luckily, there are several options to choose from — none of which will clog your pipes.

First, let’s discuss why you shouldn’t pour fats down the drain. Cooking oil solidifies after it cools down, making it ideal for blocking up sewage pipes. When too many people dump grease into the sink, you end up with a buildup of fat that can cause serious sewer problems. Just last year, a 10-ton “fatberg” destroyed a sewer in west London.

Don’t let this happen in your neighborhood! Here’s the right way to dispose of grease and oil:

  1. Once it’s cooled down, place cooking oil into a sealed container. Collect until your container is full, and then toss it in the trash.
  2. When cleaning up, wipe down cooking pots and pans with a paper towel to remove oil. This will prevent any leftover grease from sneaking into your sink or dishwasher.
  3. Consider composting in small amounts. Vegetable oils in smaller quantities can be composted and may even be very nutritious for earthworms.

In the end, what’s most important is to find a method that works for you and your family. How do you dispose of used cooking grease? Share your ideas with Plumbing Medic on Facebook and Twitter.

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