Oil - cooking/grease
Remember that pouring fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down sinks can ruin your home's plumbing system and have negative impacts on municipal sewer systems and private septic systems. Don’t dump that FOG down your sink! For more information about FOG and how it can clog sewer systems, visit the Russian River Water Association.
FOG includes: Canola oil • Olive oil • Vegetable oil • Fats from meat (bacon, burgers, etc.) • Sauces • Salad dressings • Butter and margarine • Greasy food scraps
What can you do instead? For residual grease and oil on plates and pans, please remember to wipe them down with a paper towel before washing up. The greasy paper towels, napkins, and food scraps can then be placed into the Curbside Services: Compost Cart.
If the amount of oil is too much to be wiped up with a paper towel, but it is less than 2 cups, allow the oil to cool before discarding it into your garbage. The oil can be placed into a rigid, screw-top container, or out of any container to allow the rest of the garbage to soak it up. Please make sure your garbage with the oil is properly bagged to avoid a mess. Note that 2 cups is equivalent to a pint, or 16 fluid ounces.
However, if you have more than 2 cups of oil, such as from a deep fryer, please transfer to a sturdy container and transport to one of the following locations. The oil will be recycled into bio-diesel for use in cars and trucks. Please note that ONLY COOKING OILS are accepted for recycling and it must be strained and free from water or food scraps (please compost scraps).