Disposing of Cooking Oil and Grease

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Fats, oils, and greases, sometimes lumped together as “FOG,” should never be poured down drain pipes. Although FOG may appear to simply wash down the drain, particularly with hot water, this is often not the case. As the oil and grease cools, it often hardens and can build up to eventually block pipes completely. So how do you get rid of FOG?


  • Scrape leftover food scraps into compost of trash.
  • Pour the FOG into an empty coffee can or a non-recyclable container. When the can is full, throw it out with your regular trash.
  • Use paper towels or a spatula to wipe all FOG out of pots and pans before washing them.
  • Some recycling centers accept used cooking oils and greases

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