Here are some handy tips to manage grease and prevent clogged pipes and sewer backups
Remember, grease that is liquid when hot will turn solid - and clog pipes - as it cools.
- Scrape food scraps into the trash or compost bin.
- Use a strainer in the sink to catch food scraps and other material, and empty the strainer into the trash or compost bin.
- Pour grease into steel cans, let it harden and throw in the trash.
- Stop using your garbage disposal or minimize its use.
- Wipe pots, pans and dishes with dry paper towels before rinsing or washing them, then throw paper towels in the garbage.
- Rinse dishes and pans with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher.
- Compost food scraps - See Portland's guidelines for what you can compost..
- Don't pour grease down sink drains or toilets.
- Don't use cloth towels or rags to scrape oil or grease off plates and utensils because grease will drain to the sewer when you wash the towels.
- Don't run water over dishes, pans, fryers or griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain.