Proper Disposal of Fats, Oil, and Grease

​​​​​​​​​When fats, oils, and grease are poured down the drain, they cling to pipe walls and solidify - causing sewer blockages, backups, and costly repairs. 

​Keep your drains clog-free with the following healthy habits: 

Can the Grease

Pour used cooking grease into an empty soup can or other heat-safe container, and store it in the freezer. Once solidified, toss the can into the garbage. 

Scrape the Plate

Prior to washing, wipe all pots, pans, dishes and cooking utensils with a paper towel to absorb grease. 

Catch the Scraps

Eliminate using the garbage disposal. Use a strainer to catch food scraps in your sink, then toss them into the trash. 

​​Recycle

Large quanitites of used cooking oil can be recycled at the Virginia Beach City Landfill and Resource Recovery Center​ located at 1989 Jake Sears Road. 

Myths about Fats, Oils, and Grease​

​It’s ok to pour grease down the drain as long as... 

...I use the garbage disposal. 

Myth - The garbage disposal only grinds up items before passing them into your sewer pipes. 

​...I chase it down with dish soap. 

Myth - It’s true that soap breaks up grease. You see it happen every time you wash your dishes. But what you don’t see is what happens in your sewer pipes. Eventually, soap loses its effectiveness and grease solidifies and congeals on pipe walls. 

​...I run hot water. 

Myth - This myth is similar in logic to chasing grease down the drain with soap. Eventually, the water will cool, and the grease will solidify. 

​...it is a liquid at room temperature. 

Myth - Liquid cooking oils like canola and olive oil float on wastewater and easily adhere to sewer pipes. The oily film can collect food particles and other solids and begin to create a blockage.

​...I flush it down the toilet. 

Myth. Flushing grease down the toilet just creates build-up in the toilet piping and drains. 


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