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FAQ: Should I pour oil from cooked meats down the sink drain?

Answer: No.

greasy-panFats, oils, and grease (F.O.G.) resulting from food preparation can build up in sewer pipes and cause expensive blockages, backups and sewage overflows. Sources of F.O.G. include gravy, sauces and soups, butter, milk, mayonnaise and shortening.

Take a look at a pipe clogged with F.O.G. (Spoiler alert: it’s icky!)

Cool it, can it, trash it: tips for disposing of F.O.G and protecting your pipes:

  • Pour F.O.G. into a sturdy disposable container (a plastic sandwich bag, an aluminum can, or a plastic bottle will do), let it cool, and toss it in the garbage.
  • Before washing greasy dishes, wipe them down with a paper towel, then compost the towels.
  • Harden F.O.G. by freezing it prior to tossing it in the garbage.

For more tips, check out SPU’s Fight F.O.G. flier or visit our page on F.O.G. disposal.