Don’t be a Turkey When Cooking this Holiday Season

Monday, November 17, 2014

Improper disposal of fats, oils and grease left from holiday cooking is a common mistake. Virginia Beach Public Utilities urges at-home chefs to collect and dispose of these drain-clogging substances properly.  

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


Public Utilities recommends following these easy steps for safely disposing used cooking oils:

  • Find an empty, heat-safe container, like a soup can. Once cooking oils have cooled, pour them into your container, cover it securely, and store in the freezer. Once hardened, toss the can into the trash.

  • Large quantities of used cooking oils can be recycled at the Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center located at 1989 Jake Sears Road. The center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information about the best way to dispose of fats, oils, and grease, visit the Public Utilities website at