Keep Fats, Oils & Grease Out of Sewers

Fats, Oil & Grease Don't Belong Down the Drain

Think twice before you pour something down the drain. Just like fatty foods clog human arteries, fats, oils and grease build up inside our sewer lines. Warm fats, oils and grease washed down the drain will cool, harden and stick to the inside of sewer pipes. Over time, this can cause blockages and even sewer backups - which are unpleasant, messy and costly for property owners.

Some of the biggest contributors to sanitary sewer backups are things poured down your kitchen drain or garbage disposal.

Do Not Pour Down the Drain

Things you shouldn't pour down the drain or garbage disposal include: 
  • Butter
  • Cooking Oil
  • Food scraps containing fats
  • Grease
  • Meat scraps

Proper Disposal

Instead, here are some options for disposing of these items: 

Cooking Oil

Recycle your cooking oil into biodiesel! Save your vegetable cooking oil in a container and bring it to a cooking oil recycling location or special event. Locations accept liquid, vegetable-based cooking oil only – no animal fats (ie those solid at room temperature). A list of cooking oil collection sites is available at


Pour grease from cooking into an empty container. Allow it to cool before throwing it in the trash. Use a paper towel to wipe the remaining grease in the pan before washing.

Meat scraps, butter and other food scraps containing fats

Throw them in the garbage.