How to Dispose of Grill Grease?

The grease that deposits on the tray after a BBQ session has no place in your kitchen drain. If you are far from home in an outdoor space having a BBQ with your friends, know that the leftover grease has no place on the soil either. 

As tempting as it is to just pour the hot grease down the drain and wash it down with hot water, we all know that it’s bad for the pipes; and let me tell you it’s bad for the soil as well.

So how do you get rid of grill grease? Stick around and I will make sure all your questions are answered. 

In this article, I will explain what are the ways by which you can safely dispose of grill grease. I will also go over what not to do with grill grease and lastly, I will explain ways by which you can recycle grill grease. 

How to Dispose of Grill Grease?

Grill grease is considered general waste and you can throw it in the trash. However, there are some tips and tricks that you should know to make sure disposal is not messy and problematic. 

If you have a small amount of grease leftover in the tray, you can wait until it hardens, then use a spatula to scrape the fat off and throw it in the trash. Then use tissue paper to wipe the remaining grease from the tray and toss the tissue in the trash as well. 

If you have a lot of grease, then wait until the tray cools down a bit, and then pour the grease into a disposable container. You can use an old yogurt container or any other disposable food container. 

After pouring the fat, keep it in the fridge. Continue doing this until the container is full, then you can close the lid of the container and throw it in the trash. Make sure you wipe the tray with a paper towel or tissue paper to wipe off excess grease from the pan each time. 

When it comes to disposing of grease, it’s best to do it right before collection day, this way the grease doesn’t start decomposing in the trash and release a foul odor. 

What not to do with Grill Grease: 

As I’ve said before, pouring grease down the pipe is an absolute no-no. If you don’t know, you’re in the right place.

Grease, even a small amount can cling to the pipe walls and accumulate over time. Eventually, it will restrict water drainage. In the worst-case scenario, it will clog the pipe which will cost you a hefty plumbing bill. 

Even if it doesn’t clog your pipe, it will certainly clog a pipe in the wastewater system costing the municipality significant damage. 

Besides the financial drain repairing blocked pipes can be, decomposing fat is going to let out a foul odor from your kitchen sink, that doesn’t sound pleasant, does it? 

Even a small amount of grease left on cutlery and plates can deposit over time, so it’s best to wipe it with a paper towel before washing the plates. 

You cannot throw grill grease onto the soil either, it is harmful to the soil and affects plant growth. Moreover, animal grease allows the growth of pathogenic microbes which will be a health hazard for people and animals living around the area. 

For the same reason, you cannot compost grease. Grease is very bad for compost because it will harbor pathogens, the heat compost generates isn’t hot enough to kill these microbes. Moreover, the oil makes it hard for easier oxygen exchange for the aerobic bacteria in the compost. 

Recycling grill grease: 

The best way to get rid of grill grease is not to throw it away, but instead to reuse it. 

There are two main ways you can use it, you can use it as cooking fat, or make biofuel out of it. 

In order toTo cook with grease, you need to strain it first. Any food particles remaining in the grease will shorten the shelf-life of the grease. When the food decomposes the grease will go rancid as well. It’s best to use a strainer or paper towel to strain the grease off all food particles. 

Once strained the fat can be stored in the fridge for a few weeks. Keep in mind, bacon grease lasts about a month in the freezer. You can freeze other fats to extend their shelf lives.

Humans have regularly cooked with animal fats in the past, and I am not saying that this should be a regular practice, but you can certainly incorporate it into your diet to minimize waste and save money you’d otherwise waste buying vegetable oil. There are many recipes and ideas on how to use animal fats in our modern diets. You can check out some ideas here.

If the fat is not worth reusing as cooking oil, you can turn it into biofuel. Many local recycling centers accept animal fats for biofuel production. You should call your municipality to see if your city has such options. 

There are backyard machines that make biofuel as well, check out online to see if you’re interested in any of them. 

It is always good to use up as much of the animal as possible to minimize waste accumulating in landfills.

Conclusion: 

In this article, I explained what are the ways by which you can safely dispose of grill grease. I also went over what not to do with grill grease and lastly, I explained ways by which you can recycle grill grease. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): How to Dispose of Grill Grease

Is it okay to dump grease outside? 

No, you should not throw grill grease out in the open. Grease damages the soil as it decomposes and can harm animals and plants in the surrounding area. 

How do you dispose of BBQ grease? 

You need to collect it from the tray and pour it into a container. You can then throw it in the trash with other general waste items. You can also strain it and save it for cooking. One more option you have is to take it to the local recycling center that makes biofuel. 

Can grill grease be recycled? 

Yes, it can be turned into biofuel in a recycling center. Or it can be strained of all food particles and reused as cooking fat. 

Is grill grease safe to throw away in the general trash? 

Yes, it is safe. 

What can I do with grill grease? 

You can save it to use as cooking oil or you can throw it in the garbage. If you have a local biofuel factory you can take it there as well. 

Is grill grease hazardous? 

No, it is not a hazard. However, it is extremely bad for your pipes and it harms the soil. Make sure you dispose of it properly. 

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