Residential Grease Brochure

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

KUB offers two programs to help prevent problems caused by grease: 

Can the Grease is an education program for residential customers to teach them how to properly dispose of grease. Did you know, for example, that running hot water after pouring grease down the drain doesn't help? The grease cools, coats pipes, and can eventually cause backups or overflows. 

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.

Can the Grease: Don’t risk messy, costly sewage backups into your home. Pour grease in the trash, not down your drain. 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 Clean 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.

To learn more about biofuels, visit

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.