Proper Disposal of Grease

Once the meal prep is complete and the cleanup starts, there's always the issue regarding what to do with the used cooking oil/grease. Here's something to consider: it is a terrible idea to pour oils and/or grease directly down the drain. When you pour grease into your sink, it may seem like the end. Unfortunately, that's where the trouble starts. The grease and oil head down your pipes and into the sewers where they meet up with all the other wastewater from the area. Not only is it a headache at the sewage treatment plant, but it can also cause problems inside your home and cost a homeowner money by clogging the drainage pipes and eventually backing up your drains/sewer.

The right way to dispose of grease is simple; throw it in your trash can. Follow these steps to avoid pouring hot, used grease directly down the drain:

  • Let the oil or grease cool and solidify.
  • Once cool and solid, scrape the grease into a container that can be thrown away.
  • When your container is full, place it in a plastic bag to prevent leakage and then throw it in the garbage.
  • Never pour used oil/grease down the sink!

The City of Monongahela now has an official grease ordinance for food service establishments. That FOG Ordinance can be found here.