The city of Treasure Island’s Department of Public Works would like to remind residents and visitors that pouring cooking fats, oils, and greases down the drain can cause serious and expensive pipe blockages. Grease that is poured down the drain causes costly plumbing problems, resulting in sewer backups, blockages, and sewer overflows.
Here are some ways to repurpose or dispose of grease properly:
- Let the grease cool, and pour it into a tightly sealed container (ex: milk jug, jar, or coffee can). You can reuse the grease or place the container in a plastic bag and dispose of it in your garbage can.
- Remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers, and griddles. Cool first before you skim, scrape, or wipe off excess grease into the trash.
- Do not pour grease down the drain, and avoid using the garbage disposal.