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Why Proper Disposal of Used Cooking Oil Is So Crucial

Posted by Bill Fenwick on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 09:00 AM

Dealing with a clogged kitchen drain can be a hassle, especially when it springs out of nowhere when you are trying to prepare a meal or, worse, preparing for guests to arrive. One of the most common causes of clogs is the dumping used cooking oil down your drain. This includes rinsing oil and grease from pots and pans down your drain. Rinsing drains with hot water and grease-fighting dish detergent behind the oil won’t prevent clogs; the grease will simply jell further down the pipeline, causing the same clog but in a more difficult location.

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Cooking Oil Contributes to the FOG Problem

It is not just your home you need to worry about. Improperly disposed cooking oil and fats can affect other homes, businesses, and your environment with sewage backups and overflowing sewers. Pouring cooking oil down your drain contributes to sewer clogs from fats, oils and grease (FOG). Over time, these substances can build-up and eventually block your home’s sewer lines. The result is you could be dealing with a widespread blockage in your home’s sewer lines and very costly repair bills.

In severe instances, blockages can be caused in local connecting sewer lines from the combined FOG accumulated from other homes and businesses in your area. Sewage backups can occur in homes and businesses throughout your area because the capacity to collect wastewater is reduced. Sewers can also overflow onto roadways and properties that will eventually work its way into local waterways and cause contamination. The repairs and cleanup of these backups eventually get passed back to consumers by way of higher water and sewer bills.

Disposing Your Used Cooking Oil

While, it can be tempting when you’re rushing around in the kitchen to dump your used cooking oil down your sink… don’t do it! This is the worst way to dispose of it. Instead, allow the oil to cool down and turn solid. Once solidified, dump it into your trash. If you cannot wait for the cooking oil to solidify, pour it into a disposable container and throw the container away in your trash.

While throwing your used cooking oil in the trash is better than pouring it down your drain, it’s still not so great for the environment. Choosing to recycle your cooking oil helps reduce waste in landfills and allows the oil to be reused for other purposes. Through the JEA Used Cooking Oil Recycling Program, used cooking oil and grease is turned into biofuel and animal food.

Depending where you live in the Jacksonville, you may be near one or several public drop-off locations for cooking oil. Numerous fire stations are equipped to collect your used cooking oils and grease and can be located on a map provided by JEA. Some developments and apartment communities may also have their own private collection point for cooking oil and grease.


Clogs can happen, even with taking steps to dispose of your used cooking oil properly. And when they do, Bill Fenwick Plumbing is ready to assist you anytime, 24/7. Call us at (904) 724-2455 or contact us online for your emergency or general plumbing needs.

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