BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – After cooking a great meal and then cleaning the kitchen, it can be tempting to simply pour any remaining fats, oils, or greases down the drain.

It seems quick and easy, but it’s also a choice that can be hazardous to the local sewer system.

East Baton Rouge (EBR) Parish Mayor Sharon Weston Broome addressed this by means of a quick social media post Thursday (August 11).

Broome said, “Dumping fats, oils, and grease, or FOG, down your drain can be detrimental to our parish’s sewer system… blockages can cause sewer system issues that are unsightly, unsanitary, and cost time and money to clean. They also cause backups on the private side that can damage personal property.”

Most experts agree that even when grease is hot and easy to pour out of the pan, it absolutely should not go down a sink drain.

This is because the hot grease will eventually cool and solidify somewhere in the plumping. The goopy mess that it forms along pipe walls will trap other debris that flows down the drain.

So, what can you do with fats, oils, or greases that need to be disposed of?

According to The City of Baton Rouge’s website, residents should transfer grease to a disposable container, like an aluminum food can, put a top on the can, and then place it in a trash bag to be picked up along with other garbage items.

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Individuals who’d like a special lid to place over aluminum cans containing grease can request one from the City Parish by clicking here.