How to Properly Dispose of Kitchen Grease

Oct 05, 2023

How to Properly Dispose of Kitchen Grease

Kitchen grease is the number one cause of blocked kitchen sinks in many homes. Often, people pour kitchen grease, fats, and oils down their kitchen sinks when these substances are in a liquid state. The problem occurs when the grease, fat, or oil has cooled down. As these substances cool, they solidify and adhere to the interior walls of the pipes, gradually building up over time. This buildup not only narrows the passage for wastewater but also traps food particles and other debris, further exacerbating clogs.

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Before you toss that kitchen grease down your sink, you’ll want to read about these disposal options that won’t create an expensive plumbing disaster. Septic Blue of Charlotte provides you with tips on how to properly dispose of kitchen grease and avoid plumbing issues such as blockages. We are your go-to septic company for all of your septic needs, including septic tank pumping.

Three Safe Ways to Dispose of Kitchen Grease

  • Throw It in the Trash

One of the easiest and safest ways to dispose of kitchen grease is by letting it cool and then placing it in a disposable container, such as an empty coffee can or a jar with a secure lid. This prevents the grease from leaking out and causing any mess in your trash can. Once the container is full, simply throw it in the regular trash.

Note: Do not pour hot kitchen grease in your trash can, as it could melt the plastic trash bag and cause a mess.

  • Reuse Your Kitchen Grease

Instead of disposing of kitchen grease in the trash, you can choose to reuse it for future cooking. After cooking, strain the grease to remove any food particles, and then store it in a clean, airtight container. You can use this saved grease for frying or sautéing in the future, which not only reduces waste but also adds flavor to your dishes.

  • Compose the Leftover Cooking Grease

If you're into composting, you can compost small amounts of kitchen grease. Mix it with other compostable materials, like vegetable scraps and coffee grounds. However, be mindful not to overdo it, as excessive grease can disrupt the composting process. Only use small quantities and balance it with other compostable items.

  • Use a Recycling Center

Check with your local recycling center and ask if they accept kitchen grease. If they do, put the grease in an airtight container and drop it off at the recycling center.

There you have it. These are the most effective methods for disposing of kitchen grease. If kitchen grease finds its way into the main sewer line or septic tank, it can accumulate and create a significant blockage. This not only affects your household plumbing but can also lead to sewer backups and costly repairs for both you and your local sewage system. If it happens that kitchen grease or oil is causing blockages in your septic system, call the team at Septic Blue of Charlotte for septic tank repair.

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