Grease Prevention

Anyone who prepares food can help prevent grease buildup. You should help because you can:
  • Prevent grease buildups from blocking sewer lines
  • Stop sewer overflows into streets, storm drains and waterways
  • Save money spent on costly cleanups of sewage spills
  • Reduce the number of times you have to clean out your grease trap
  • Protect the quality of our water
Ways to Tackle Grease
  • Use environmentally safe cleaning products instead of harsh detergents or cleaners that can damage sewer lines.
  • If you generate large amounts of used cooking oil, reuse or recycle it. To find a recycler, check the phone book under "recyclers" or "rendering companies."
  • If you generate small amounts of used cooking oil, reuse it as often as possible and then pour it into a container you can throw away. Never pour it down the drain.
For more information, please contact the Grease Prevention Coordinator at 360-473-5927.

Additional Information
Pour Grease Into Collection Containers
  • Put oil and grease in covered collection containers.
Scrape Food Scraps
  • Scrape food scraps from dishes into trash can and garbage bags and dispose of properly. Avoid using garbage disposal.
Remove Grease From Dishes and Pots
  • Remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers, and griddles. Cool first before you skim, scrape, or wipe off excess grease.
Prewash Dishas and Pans
  • Prewash dishes and pans with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher.
Cover Sink with a Catch Basket
  • Cover kitchen sink with catch basket and empty into garbage can as needed.
Cover Floor Drain with Fine Screen
  • Cover floor drain with fine screen and empty into garbage can as needed.
Do Not Pour Grease Down Drain
  • Don't pour grease down the drain.
Do Not Pour Food Scraps Down Drain
  • Don't put food scraps down the drain.
Do Not Use Hot Water
  • Don't rinse off oil and grease with hot water. Don't run water over dishes, pans, fryers, and griddles to wash oil and hot grease down the drain.