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Posted on: December 14, 2015

[ARCHIVED] - Protect Your Pipes: Recycle Holiday Fats, Oils and Grease -

Help protect your pipes — and our sewer system — by recycling used cooking oil and fats from your holiday feasts.

The impact of fats, oils and grease (FOG) is serious. If disposed of improperly, FOG can cause serious plumbing problems.

Once your feast is done, take the following steps to dispose of fats, oils and grease:

  • Pour fats, oils and grease into a covered disposable container — such as glass, plastic or a sturdy zip-top bag.
  • Store it in the freezer and then put it in the trash after it has hardened.
  • Use paper towels to wipe greasy dishes before washing. Put the paper towels in your food waste.
  • Use sink strainers to catch food waste when washing.
  • Put food scraps in compost bin or in the trash.

Our waste hauler, Recology CleanScapes, offers curbside pickup of used cooking oil. Complete the Special Recycling Item Collection Request Form.

Or drop off used cooking oil at the Recology CleanScapes Store in Gilman Village, 317 N.W. Gilman Blvd., No. 22, or other locations throughout our region.

When fats, oils and grease enter our sewer system, the substances build up along the pipes, which can cause sewage backups and overflows, as well as extensive building and property damage. To learn more, go to issaquahwa.gov/fog.

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