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Grease from cooking, gravy, cooking oil, and sauces may look harmless as a liquid, but when it cools it gets thick and sticky. That means if you pour grease down your drain, it sticks to pipes and eventually causes clogs and messy sewer overflows.

How to dispose of grease

step1 scrape Step 1:
Scrape or pour grease into can

step2 freeze Step 2: 
Freeze the can

step3 trash Step 3: 
Toss into trash


  • Scrape food scraps into the trash or compost bin.
  • Catch food scraps and other solids with a strainer in the sink drain, and empty the strainer into the trash bin.
  • Wipe pots, pans and dishes with dry paper towels before rinsing or washing them, then throw paper towels in the garbage.
  • Pour hot grease into an empty can, cover with a “Freeze the Grease” lid and once cooled, throw in the trash.


  • Don't pour grease down sink drains.
  • Don't use cloth towels or rags to scrape oil or grease off plates and utensils because grease will drain to the sewer when you wash the towels.
  • Don't run water over dishes, pans, fryers or griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain.

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For additional information, visit our Industrial Pretreatment page.

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