My local water district sent me a newsletter this month including a section on F.O.G., the acronym for Fats, Oils and Grease. Included was a picture of a clogged pipe which really caught my attention. My mother has always been an avid Fat Trapper user, but I had never really connected the importance of cooking oil disposal. My husband and I have just been pouring all cooking waste down the garbage disposal with hot water. Now I understand there are long term community and personal finance repercussions to this seemingly harmless action.
Making a F.O.G. disposal can is not complicated and barely worth a “Do-It- Yourself” label, but maintenance of your kitchen and home is just as important as the projects themselves. It is simple to save an old soup can and designate it for fats, oils and grease. I recommend the larger 11 ounce cans for the wider mouth. Pour any liquid cooking wastes into the can. Keep the can in the freezer with a foil and rubber band lid, just in case it tries to jump to the kitchen floor when you open the freezer door. When the can is full, either toss it or add it to your biodiesel unit (for your fancy survivalists).
This may sound like a public service announcement, but clogged plumbing is a significant issue of modern living. As a person living in a multi-family building, there is nothing more frustrating as when the building water needs to be shut off for maintenance. We once lived on the 29th floor of a 47 story condominium building. If anyone below our floor had plumbing issues, all of us above that floor had all water turned off for the day so work could be done. As you can imagine it happened frequently and often. Home owners should also safely dispose of their F.O.G. to prevent build up in their own plumbing that could cause a costly plumbing bill later. Overall, if everyone started this practice in your local water district, it would reduce maintenance costs and in the long term reduce the need for extra public funds. If I can save on plumbing and increased water bills for emergency pipe maintenance, it is worth the modest effort.