Cease the Grease

greaseThe improper disposal of fats, oils and grease is a widespread problem across the nation. BSU encourages you to take action and stop pouring fats, oils and grease down the kitchen sink. Doing so could save you from a major plumbing issue called a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO), where raw sewage backs up into your home or streets.

What is the difference between oil and grease?

  • The terms are often used interchangeably, but they are very different substances. Grease is the solid white residue left over in the cooled pan after frying meat such as bacon. Oil, such as vegetable oil, is the liquid left over from frying foods and never turns into a solid.

What are common mistakes made when disposing of fats, oils and grease?

  • Many people tend to dump left-over cooking food scraps, oils and grease down the sink and turn on the garbage disposal. These materials build up over time in the pipes.
  • Another common mistake is rinsing dishes in the sink with hot water to remove the grease residue left on plates. Remember, “like dissolves like.” Soap can help break down the grease and oil and clean your dishes properly.

How can I keep the pipes clear?

  • Scrape meats, butters, food scraps, sauces, lard, dressings, dairy products and cooking oils from plates and utensils into a trash bin.
  • Don’t pour oil or grease down the drain or garbage disposal.
  • Recycle used cooking oil by placing it into a container, such as a milk jug, with a tight fitting lid. Bring the containers to the Lee County Household Chemical Waste drop-off facility located at 6441 Topaz Court in Fort Myers. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. excluding holidays.