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Fats, oils and grease

Cooking fats, oils and grease (FOG) cause problems if they're put down the drain.

  • Clogged pipes
  • Reduced plumbing flow
  • Odours
  • Sewer backups
  • Damage to Calgary's wastewater system

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.

How to put fats, oils and grease into your green cart

Keep fats, oils and grease out of your drain by following these easy tips in the kitchen.

  • Residential amounts (two litres or less​) of fats, oils and grease should be put in the green cart for composting.
  • Always wipe cooking equipment and scrape dishes before washing.
  • Solidify your oil by mixing it with paper towels, then place it in a certified compostable bag or paper bag and place it in your green cart.

What Goes Where

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

FOG Business

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.