Fats, Oils, and Grease

Trash your grease to protect your pipes

It may seem harmless to pour cooking oil, melted butter, or bacon grease down the drain, but they solidify as they cool, causing clogs in household plumbing or the sewer system. Those clogs can cause sewage to back up into your home, business, the street, or the environment. Instead, collect grease in an empty can, store it in the freezer, and dispose of it in the garbage once it turns solid. Visit LOTT's WET Science Center to pick up a free kit to manage grease and protect your pipes; the kit includes a reusable lid and scraper. Used cooking oil can also be recycled – look for the collection station at the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center.