Pour grease down the sink and it quickly hardens into a congealed, gluey mess. The result? Clogged pipes, backed-up sewers, and expensive repairs. It doesn't matter how much hot water or soap you pour down after it. Sooner or later it solidifies.
What can't go down the drain
FATS – dairy products, salad dressings, margarine, shortening, etc.
OILS – cooking oils (olive, coconut, canola, vegetable, peanut, etc.), sauces, etc.
GREASE – pan drippings from meats, lard, etc.
How to Dispose of Kitchen Grease
For small amounts of grease, wipe or scrape out the pot or pan and put the grease into your green bin.
Larger amounts of grease, like deep fryer oil, can be dropped off at an
approved recycling depot.
More about the issue
Whether it's cooking oil, shortening, butter, lard or the drippings from meat, grease is supposed to stop things from sticking together. But when grease goes down the drain, something entirely different happens. It hardens into a congealed, gluey mess.
Grease can harden when travelling down pipes and often picks up other materials along the way, creating large solid chunks of muck that hurt our pipes and your wallet. Metro Vancouver residents spend $2.7 million every year to repair damage caused by grease. And that's not counting the costs to individual homeowners when their pipes get blocked.