Bacon! Sizzling in the frying pan, browning to perfection, ready to be applied to that lettuce, bacon and tomato sandwich – YUM!
But what should you do with the remaining grease? Pour it down the sink!?!?
Simple! Follow our guidelines for how to properly dispose of fats, oils, and grease or FOG!
First, NEVER pour fats, oils or grease down the sink! This could result in a Sanitary Sewer Overflow.
Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) occur when untreated wastewater flows from the collection system and into the environment due to abnormal causes.
A wide variety of factors can cause an SSO but the leading cause for decades has been Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG). These substances, when poured down the drain, solidify in the sewer pipes and cause blockages that do not allow normal wastewater to flow.
If the blockage becomes large enough, normal wastewater flow will begin to back up and release elsewhere, such as a manhole or cleanout. The untreated wastewater then flows freely into storm drains, creeks and lakes that can have a severe impact. YUCK!
Here are some examples of FOG that you should never put down the drain.
- Ice Cream
- Meat Trimmings
- Salad Dressings
- Cooking Oil
- Vegetable Oil
- Canola Oil
- Olive Oil
- Corn Oil
So, how do you properly dispose of fog? Easy! Scrape all pans into garbage. Then Dry Wipe pan with paper towel and dispose of in garbage. Pour liquid oil or grease into solid container (ex: glass jar, metal coffee can etc.) and allow to cool and solidify. Then toss in garbage. Contact your local government to see if they have a cooking oil recycling program.
A new major factor that has been contributing to SSOs has been flushable wipes. Although these wipes are flushable, they do not break down like normal tissue paper does. As a result, these wipes get stuck in the sewer pipes and the pumps that move the wastewater. If you use these wipes, please dispose of them in the garbage not the toilet.
Enjoy your bacon but be responsible and properly dispose of that grease!