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  2. It may seem like an easy solution to a messy problem, but pouring fryer oil down the drain will just lead to a nastier problem. Oil and grease rinsed into the plumbing system can congeal and block pipes, causing sewer back-ups. Proper disposal of your cooking oil and other greases may save your home from a clogged-drain and a holiday visit from the plumber.
    Clogs can also occur outside your home in the public sewage system, resulting in raw sewage overflowing from a manhole in the street or from a cleanout on your property. If sewage were to flow down the street, it may enter the storm drain system, where it would then be carried straight into our local waterways without any treatment. Polluted storm water and sanitary sewer overflow runoff can lead to costly clean up and severe fines from State and Federal regulatory agencies.
    What do you do with that fryer oil? Pouring it down the kitchen sink or the storm drain is simply asking for a clogged pipe. Instead, choose one of the following options:
    ·       Store the oil in the original container for reuse. Strain out any particles and freeze. Oil can be kept for up to six months and reused for up to six hours of fry time.
    ·       Freeze it and then throw the hardened oil away on trash day.
    ·       Mix it with unscented kitty litter, sawdust, or sand to solidify the oil. Dispose of it in the trash. Avoid scented or disinfectant types of kitty litter as they can react with the oil and cause a fire.
    ·       Recycle it at your community’s transfer or recycling center (for best results, use a container with a tight-fitting lid).