How to properly dispose of fats, oils and grease after cooking your Thanksgiving feast

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DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCBD) – Families across the Lowcountry will spend the next few days cooking turkeys and family-favorite holiday dishes, but fats, oils and grease from those dishes could pose harm to your home or community if not properly disposed of.

When washed down the drain, grease, fats and oils can stick to the inside of pipes and cause clogs and sewer backups.

As a result, sewage could overflow into homes, streets, and local waterways – often creating the need for costly repairs and adding an extra inconvenience to you.

Instead of washing grease down the drain, officials in Dorchester County encourage residents to dispose of fryer oil and cooking grease at local convenience sites.

Dorchester County’s public information officer, Tiffany Norton, says collected cooking oil and grease from those sites will be recycled into biodiesel or biogas, which reduces landfill waste and produces an alternative fuel that is clean and green.

How to properly dispose of cooking oil and grease:

When you have finished cooking, Norton says you should collect liquid grease and oils in a sealable container that can be taken to your nearest Convenience Site to be recycled.

For the grease that cannot be poured into the container, she said you should wipe pans clean with a paper towel and put it in the trash. Scrape off excess food from pots, pans, and plates before rinsing them in the sink with cold water.

What not to do:

Never dispose of cooking oil or grease in the woods or backyard. Norton says when waste cooking oil is dumped in backyards, it can find its way into the natural waterways, harming fish and other aquatic life.

Never put cooking oil or grease in the trash. When waste cooking oil is thrown in the trash, the trash gets dumped in a landfill, the landfill gets coated in oil and grease which will also contaminate waterways and harm the natural ecosystems.

Never pour cooking oil or grease down the sink. When fats, oil or grease goes down the drain, it hardens and causes sewer pipes to clog. If your pipes become clogged from putting FOG down the drain, it can be a very expensive problem to fix.

To find Dorchester County convenience sites, click here.

To find Charleston County convenience sites, click here.

To find Berkeley County convenience sites, click here.

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