Cooking grease that enters KUB sewers is a major cause of overflows in our environment and messy, costly sewage backups into homes. 

Can the Grease: 

  • Don’t risk messy, costly sewage backups into your home. Despite the common belief, using soap and hot water doesn’t help prevent grease buildup in drains.
  • Can your grease for disposal in the trash. Line a metal can with a heat-resistant oven bag and pour in slightly cooled grease. (Do not use the liner without the can.) Throw the bag away or recycle it when it’s full, and reuse the can with a new bag. It's easy to make your own grease can:
    • Use any empty metal can. (Don't use plastic, which may melt)
    • Insert a disposable heat-resistant oven bag.
    • Place the can on a stable surface, and carefully pour grease into it.
    • Caution: Hot grease can cause burns. Allow grease to cool slightly before pouring, and do not use the liner without the can.
    • Toss the used oven bag in the trash, insert a new bag, and keep using the can to protect your plumbing and our environment.
  • You can also bring your used vegetable oil in any closed, non-glass container to a convenience center (CC) or other location below for recycling into a cleaner burning biodiesel by Green Energy Biofuels:

    • Halls CC: 3608 Neal Road
    • Dutchtown CC: 10618 Dutchtown Road
    • John Sevier CC: 1810 John Sevier Hwy.
    • Knoxville Household Hazardous Waste: 1033 Elm St.

Another way to avoid damage to your pipes is to know what to flush. Click here to learn more. 



KUB also operates a program for non-residential customers that cook or process food. Those customers must follow strict guidelines, and KUB inspects their grease control measures periodically. If you'd like more information on what guidelines food service facilities must follow, check out our Grease Control Program information.