Rich foods are an enjoyable part of any fall celebration. But the fats, oils, and grease (FOGs) produced when cooking can create serious problems in our sewers.
When FOGs — like cooking oil, fat from meat, dairy, gravy, or peanut butter — are poured down kitchen drains, they harden inside pipes, restricting wastewater flow. These blockages are a main cause of sewage backups, which can result in costly cleanup and repairs.
This holiday season, give thanks to your pipes by properly disposing of FOGs:
- Cool It: Allow FOGs to cool to a safe handling temperature after cooking.
- Can It: Pour cooled FOGs into a sealable container, like a jar or can. Store the container in the refrigerator until it’s full.
- Trash It: Never put FOGs down sink drains or in-sink garbage disposals. Scrape food scraps into the compost or trash. Wipe up FOGs left on pans or dishes with a paper towel then discard in the trash. When your sealed FOG container is full, trash it.
Learn more on our Defend Your Drains website.