Used cooking oils can be a serious problem for home plumbing and Palm Beach County's wastewater collection system. Cooking oil that’s poured down the sink - even if followed with hot water or soap; or flushed down the toilet; or put down the garbage disposal doesn’t disappear. It can gel and solidify into thick layers inside drainpipes, sewage pipelines, and sewage lift stations, constricting water flow and possibly backing up home plumbing. It’s messy, smelly and costly to clean up.
What to do with Used Cooking Oil (video)
Put Grease Where It Belongs
All cooking oils – including frying oil, and bacon and hamburger drippings - can cause problems in home plumbing, the sewage collection system, and even septic systems. Here’s what you can do:
Allow the used cooking oil to cool.
Carefully pour the used, cooled cooking oil into a large, sturdy plastic or wax-coated leak proof container, such as the original container or a juice carton, no larger than 5-gallons in size.
Cap the container so it is secure.
Store the container in a cool, safe location until it is full.
Don’t mix the grease with any other liquids or products.
Once the container is full, bring it to a Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County Home Chemical and Recycling drop off location.