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Fats, oils and grease

Food service businesses: You are required to safely dispose of commercial quantities of fats, oils and grease. For more information, visit Fats, oils and grease - Protect your business

Cooking fats, oils and grease (FOG) cause a lot of problems if they're disposed of down the drain - clogged pipes, reduced plumbing flow, odours, sewer backups, environmental damage and expensive repairs for Calgary's wastewater system. They should never be flushed down sinks, drains or toilets.

Keep these items out of your sinks, drains or toilets:

  • Fats: Butter, margarine, shortening, lard, etc.
  • Oils: Salad dressings, cooking or deep fryer oils, olive oil, sauces, etc.
  • Grease: Chicken, hamburgers, bacon, etc.

Tips for disposal

Put your drain on a fat-free diet by following these simple tips to cut the amount of fats, oils and greases (FOG) going down your drain.
Wipe FOG with a paper towel from cooking equipment before washing. Wipe Fats Oils Greases
Scrape FOG such as dressings and oils from dishes into the garbage before washing. Scrape Fats Oils Greases
Dispose of FOG (and paper towel) in the garbage. Pour FOG in a container, such as a tin can, empty coffee can or milk carton. Place it in the garbage once the container cools and the contents solidify. Oils can also be solidified using an absorbent material such as paper towels, sawdust or kitty litter and double bagged for disposal. Dispose Fats Oils Greases

Other disposal options

What Goes Where

To learn more about disposing of fats, oils and grease, visit What Goes Where - Cooking Oil and Grease.