Now it’s illegal to pour cooking oil down the sink – do this instead

As of January 1, 2024, it's not allowed to pour cooking oil or fat down the sink.

This is due to new waste management regulations that encourage individuals to be more careful about sorting their garbage.

Pouring fat down the drain creates problems

Fat in the drains can cause bad odors and blockages, leading to significant repair costs. That’s why it’s important to do it right.

Here’s what you can do with your leftover cooking fat:
  1. Wipe off with paper towels: If there’s a little fat left after cooking, you can wipe pans, plates, and other utensils with paper towels. Then toss the paper in the brown organic waste bin.
  2. Pour leftover fat into a bottle: If it’s liquid fat or oil, pour it into a bottle or an empty milk carton with a cap. This also applies to oil from tuna cans and similar packages. Use a funnel to pour the oil into the bottle. When the bottle is full, label it as cooking fat and drop it off at the recycling center where you drop off hazardous waste.
  3. Let the fat solidify and dispose of it as organic waste: You can also let the fat solidify in a cup in the fridge and then scrape it into the organic waste bin.

The Environmental Funnel is a clever tool that helps us avoid pouring cooking oil down the drain. You attach it to a PET bottle and pour leftover cooking oil into it. You get it from the association at no cost.

You can read more about the Environmental Funnel here.