Repurpose Holiday Grease Instead of Pouring It Down the Drain

Published on November 22, 2022

turkey in a fryer with grease

Don’t clog your drain this holiday season. Pouring cooking fats, oils and greases down the drain can cause serious and expensive pipe blockages. The city of Clearwater asks residents to repurpose their cooking fats, oils and grease.

Follow these steps to repurpose cooking greases:

  1. Place leftover cooking greases, frying oils, meat drippings and bacon fats into a container.
  2. Bring the grease to the city's Solid Waste/Recycling drop-off center at 1701 N. Hercules Ave.
  3. Pour the contents of the container into the large barrel that is on-site. Take the empty container home or place it in the trash afterwards, as a container with a layer of grease inside is not recyclable.

The Solid Waste Recycling Drop-off Center accepts fats, oils and greases 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No commercial material will be accepted. 

Grease that is poured down the drain causes costly plumbing problems, resulting in sewer backups, blockages and sewer overflows. If you see or smell something you think might be a sewer overflow, report it immediately by calling (727) 562-4960, Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. After hours, report the spill by calling (727) 462-6633.

For more information about the city’s grease repurposing program, visit myclearwater.com/recycling or call the Solid Waste Operations Center at (727) 562-4920