What to Do With Grease (In Your Home)

 

Grease. It’s a slippery mainstay of every kitchen. Whether it’s cooking oil, shortening, butter, lard or the drippings from meat, it’s supposed to stop things from sticking together. But when grease goes down the drain, something entirely different happens.

 

 

 

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Pour grease down the sink and it quickly hardens into a congealed, gluey mess. The results? Clogged pipes, backed-up sewers, and expensive repairs. It doesn’t matter how much hot water or soap you pour down after it. Sooner or later it solidifies.

Grease often picks up other materials along the way, creating large solid chunks of muck that hurt our pipes and your wallet. We spend $2 million every year in Metro Vancouver to repair damage caused by grease. And that’s not counting the costs to individual homeowners when their pipes get blocked.

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But there’s a simple solution. Here’s what you need to know.

What Can’t Go Down the Drain

 

  • Fats

    FATS – dairy products, salad dressings, margarine, shortening, etc.

  • Oils

    OILS – cooking oils (olive, coconut, canola, vegetable, peanut, etc.), sauces, etc.

  • Grease

    GREASE – pan drippings from meats, lard, etc.

How to Dispose of Kitchen Grease

  • For small amounts of grease, wipe or scrape out the pot or pan and put the grease into your green bin.
  • Larger amounts of grease, like deep fryer oil, can be dropped off at an approved recycling depot.