The North Central Texas Council of Governments provided tips for handling fats, oils and grease during the busy holiday cooking time:
Reuse fry oil by filtering and freezing it after it has cooled.
Small amounts of grease, such as meat drippings, can be soaked up with a paper towel and thrown into the trash. If you have a larger amount of grease, let it cool, then pour or scrape the solidifying grease into a sturdy closed-lid container, like a coffee can, and dispose of it in the trash.
Put oil and grease in covered collection containers.
Scrape food scraps from dishes into trash cans and garbage bags and dispose of properly. Avoid using the garbage disposal.
Remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers and griddles. Cool first before you skim, scrape or wipe off excess grease.
Don’t pour oil and grease down the drain. Don’t put food scraps down the drain.