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Grease Disposal Tips

Cease the Grease

Grease that is poured down your kitchen sink can cling to the inside of your household plumbing and the city’s sewers. Overtime, the grease can build up so much that it clogs pipes completely. When wastewater can’t move freely through the sewer system due to a blockage, it can cause flooding and even a sewage backup into your home! By disposing of grease properly, you can help avoid expensive repairs and unnecessary disruptions to residences and businesses.

Grease Disposal Tips

DO place cooled cooking oil, poultry and meat fats in sealed non-recyclable containers and discard with your regular garbage.
  • Place cooled cooking oil, poultry and meat fats in sealed non-recyclable containers and discard with your regular garbage.
  • Use paper towels to wipe residual grease or oil off of dishes, pots and pans before washing them.
DO NOT dump cooking oil, poultry fat and grease into the kitchen sink or the toilet bowl.
  • Save your pipes! Pouring cooking oil, poultry fat or grease into the kitchen sink or toilet can cause sewer backups.

 

Download our brochure, Grease Disposal Tips to Help the City’s Environment, for more information on how to dispose of used grease and cooking oil:

Recycle Used Motor Oil

When poured down house or storm drains, used motor oil may travel to your local stream, bay, or harbor, where it can harm underwater vegetation and aquatic life. Service stations are required by State law to accept up to 5 gallons of used motor oil per person, per day, at no charge. Remember not to mix your motor oil with any other substance.

DO put used motor oil in a sturdy container, such as a plastic milk jug, and take it to your local service station for recycling.
  • Put used motor oil in a sturdy container, such as a plastic milk jug, and take it to your local service station for recycling.
DO NOT dump used motor oil into street or house drains.
  • Dumping used motor oil into street or house drains harms local waterways.

Contact 311

For more information on how to dispose of motor oil and residential or commercial grease, or to report illegal dumping into street storm drains, call 311.

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