Kitchen grease disposal is an important part of the cooking process for any home or business. This is because grease can cause some serious issues if it’s not properly disposed of.
When you fry, broil, or cook food, it can create grease, which people don’t always know what to do with. Most people are tempted to just toss the grease down the kitchen sink. However that’s the worst thing you can do. When grease hardens, it can cause some major blockages in your drain that will require professional services to remove.
The other common mistake people make when disposing of their grease is they put it in their compost bin. This could attract vermin and bugs to the compost plus it’s bad for compost. Also don’t let the grease get into your septic system because it can clog the pipes and interfere with the natural bacterial decomposition process in the tank.
In this blog, we will discuss the top five kitchen grease disposal tips that will ensure you don’t harm your drain, septic system, or home/place of business.
Kitchen Grease Disposal: How to Properly Discard Fats, Oils, and Grease
1. Let the oil cool then put it in a non-recyclable container that’s closable or has a lid. Then you can toss it in the garbage. We suggest using a cardboard milk carton, takeout food container, or a paper container that has wax or plastic lining.
2. Put the oil in a can or jar then refrigerate or freeze it so it hardens. Once the substance is a solid you can throw it away as one piece. You can also let the oil harden in a cup or mug then scoop it out into the trashcan once it’s a solid. Just remember to wipe down the mug and spoon with a paper towel before you wash them in the sink.
3. Once the oil has cooled, pour it into a trash bag that is half full. Plastic trash bags can usually handle a moderate amount of oil if there’s already trash in the bag. You can also use paper towels or other absorbent materials to soak up some of the oil. That way if the bag breaks, there won’t be a huge mess to clean up.
4. Mix the oil with cat litter, sand, sawdust, or another absorbent item before you throw it in the trash. If you have a cat, you can save the oil for when you clean the litter box. Then you can dump the oil into the litter and get rid of both at once.
5. Use a grease trap to intercept the fat, oils, and grease before they enter your wastewater disposal system. Grease traps are extremely useful devices, but they must be regularly cleaned and maintained to ensure they function properly.
How to Recycle Used Fats, Oils, and Grease
Another option when you’re left with excess oil after cooking is to save and reuse it. All you have to do is strain the oil with a coffee filter or fine-weave cloth to remove any crumbs or food particles. Then you can reuse it as cooking oil.
If you plan to reuse your oil, you’ll want to make sure to store it in an airtight jar or container and keep it in a dark place. Only plan to reuse the oil once or twice, then you’ll want to get rid of it. Also make sure to smell it before using it. If it smells terrible then it’s best to just chuck it.
Some cities also have a collection program for cooking oil. Check Earth 911 and find out if there is a place that will accept your used oil nearby. The oil can be used as biodiesel, which is a clean-burning fuel used for various vehicles.
Call for Grease Trap Services
Front Range Septic provides the best grease trap services in Fort Collins, Greeley, Loveland, and throughout Northern Colorado. We are licensed in the State of Colorado for waste grease disposal and work to ensure all solids and waste are removed from your grease trap. Then we dispose of it in a licensed facility.
Once we work on your grease trap, we will also determine how often you need it cleaned out and we can help you stay on track with regular grease trap cleaning services. That way you don’t have to worry about falling behind on your maintenance, which could harm your kitchen.
If you’re in need of grease trap services, give us a call today at 970-302-0457.