Here's what we hope you pledge to do: Let the oil and grease cool down, and put it in a container. When the container is full, put it in the trash. Mission accomplished!
Pour used cooking oil into a container. When the container is full, toss it in the trash. Photo courtesy of www.leaf.tv
And why does the City of Baltimore care how you dispose of your cooking oil and grease? Because cooking oil and grease clogs pipes -- your home plumbing and the city sewer system. The picture below shows the problem we are trying to prevent:
Used cooking oil and grease builds up in home plumbing and sewer pipes. Photo courtesy of the City of Euless, TX.
Used cooking oil and grease can clog your plumbing, requiring an expensive visit from the plumber. And it may even cause a sewage backup in your basement. That's nasty, unhealthy, and is even more expensive to solve.
This sink can't drain because the plumbing is clogged with oil and grease. Photo courtesy of Salta Mechanical.
And when the sewer system becomes too clogged to deliver wastewater to the treatment plant, it overflows into streams and Baltimore Harbor.
Clogged sewer systems cause polluted streams. Photo courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
And that's how grease in your plumbing leads to warning signs along your streams!
Clogged pipes cause polluted waters. Photo courtesy of Charmcity123 via Flickr.