Pouring cooking oil or grease down the drain sticks to the insides of the wastewater pipes, and creates an gooey-gross Grease Blob. The more you feed him the bigger he gets until he causes a monster of a clog. Help stop the Grease Blob from causing expensive repairs, foul odors and sanitary sewer overflows!

  • Collect small quantities of cooking oil or grease in a coffee can, empty milk carton, or similar container (preferably with a lid so it doesn’t pour out); optionally, it can be mixed with kitty litter, and doubled bagged; chill grease in the fridge if you need to get it to harden up.
  • Toss this item in your trash cart, or even better, recycle it at Austin’s Resource Recovery’s Recycle & Reuse Drop-off Center.
  • Put greasy food scraps in the trash…unfortunately, very greasy and oily food cannot be composted.
  • Try not to put greasy food scraps in the garbage disposal.
  • Use a paper towel to wipe grease from pots, pans, plates, and utensils prior to washing.
  • Use a sink strainer to catch food particles.
  • For restaurants, or large quantities of grease, learn about Austin Water’s Grease Trap Program.


(Grease can completely block a sewer pipe, as shown above)

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