So, we know it is wrong to dispose of our used cooking oils and grease down the sink drain, so what should we do with this waste?
We all love to cook a slap up meal, a good breakfast and a yummy lunch. Some of our favorite meals include oils to fry and cook with, and after our meal is done, this waste oil can be conveniently poured down our sink drain. This as we know is a massive error, it hardens and blocks the drains and contributes to fatbergs all around the country.
At Grease Guardian we aim to create public awareness urging people not to pour fat, oil or grease down the drain or flush it down the toilet. There are also many government campaigns to create awareness of the dangers in pouring FOG down the drains.
When disposing of fats, oil and grease (FOG) — including meat fat, butter and margarine, milk and cream, sandwich spreads, salad dressing, sauces and gravies — we recommend you allow it to cool in the pot or pan then scraping it into the green bin.
In the case of liquid FOG, pour it into containers (tin cans, empty coffee cans or milk cartons), leave it to harden then scrape into the green bin. If you don’t have a green bin, throw it in the trash or consult your local council for other options.
Improper disposal of fats, oil and grease, especially when combined with flushing personal hygiene products, can lead to costly repairs and have a larger impact on local wastewater facilities. So please heed the seriousness of FOG going down your drains.
I have read recently that ‘Canadian municipalities spend more than $250 million a year removing garbage from sewer systems’, according to the Municipal Enforcement Sewer Use Group:
“It’s extremely important the public understands that sinks and toilets are not garbage cans,” Christopher Hilkene, president of Clean Water Foundation said in a news release. “As seen in recent news reports, ‘fatbergs’ are causing major blockages in sewer systems around the globe. These massive blobs of FOG and personal hygiene products like wipes can lead to sewage overflows that pollute our natural environment.”
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