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Cooking oils

A leading cause of sewer blockages across the U.S. is the accumulation of fats, oils, and greases in sanitary sewers. If wastewater can’t move freely through pipes and into the sewer system, it can back up into your home and can cause unsanitary conditions that can be expensive to repair.  Please take large volumes of expired cooking oil and grease to SWACO’s permanent household hazardous waste facility for safe disposal. Items will be accepted if in a tightly sealed container.

Check out the City of Columbus wastewater treatment website to learn more about keeping fats, oils, and greases out of the sewer drains.

  • Place cooled cooking oil and fats in a sealed container and discard small quantities with your regular trash.
  • Use a paper towel to wipe cooking oil and fats from pots, pans, plates, and utensils prior to washing.
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