Corral the Grease Program

Cooking oil or grease should never go down the drain like ordinary liquids. When grease settles in the wastewater pipes and cools, it can cause clogs, expensive repairs, foul odors and sanitary sewer overflows. Used cooking grease usually comes from either residential or commercial kitchens.

Residential Kitchens

Single-family homes, apartments, townhomes or duplexes should never have grease poured down the drain. Instead recycle it or can it, cool it, toss it!

Recycle it at City of Houston Environmental Service Centers

Can it, Cool it Toss it!

  1. Can it.  Pour grease into an empty coffee can, empty milk carton, or similar container (with a lid so it doesn’t pour out).
  2. Cool it.  Let grease cool or chill in the fridge to harden up and cover it or seal it.
  3. Toss it.  Toss the container in the trash cart.
More Grease Tips
  • Put greasy food scraps in the trash…greasy and oily food cannot go in the compost.
  • Use a paper towel to wipe grease from pots, pans, plates, and utensils before washing.
  • Try not to put greasy food scraps in the garbage disposal.
  • Use a sink strainer to catch food particles.
Grease Fact
  • Running hot tap water will not help flush grease down the pipeline.
Commercial Kitchens

Restaurants, cafeterias and other commercial kitchens are regulated by City Code. Commercial kitchens must install grease traps that must be cleaned every 90 days unless a waiver is submitted and approved by the Houston Health Department.

Thursday, November 14, 2019