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News Date: 
December 7, 2018

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FATS, OILS & GREASE (FOG) Clog Sewers!

Scrape It, Can It, Trash It

Cooking fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are the leading causes of sewer pipe clogs. When poured down sinks, drains, or toilets, FOGs eventually cool, harden, and build up on the inner walls of sewer lines. As sewage flow is restricted, it can back up in your home, on your property, or even in the street.

Protect your pipes, your home, and the Monterey Bay! Don't let items like these down your drains:

  • Cooking oils (includes deep frying oils)
  • Olive oil
  • Butter or margarine
  • Shortening
  • Lard
  • Salad dressings
  • Sauces and gravies
  • Meat fats
  • Milk, cream, ice cream
  • Marinades
  • Sandwich spreads
What You Can Do: Scrape It, Can It, Trash It

After cooking, let your fats, oils, and grease cool. For small amounts of FOG, scrape or wipe the pan. For larger amounts, scrape it into a covered disposable container. Either way, throw the bi-product into your trash.

Leftover turkey fryer oil? No problem. Residents may take up to 15 gallons of used cooking oil to their local landfill's hazardous waste collection facility – FREE OF CHARGE. Complete details at Monterey Regional Waste Management District or Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority.