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Please note that these are used paper towels I'm using to soak up grease. I also used to put my grease in a can and keep it until the can got full but now I recycle the can and jars and soak up my grease with the used paper towels which I can't recycle any other way. I really prefer to not put liquids in my trash even in a container because when it's put into the compactor or garbage truck, it gets squished.
I'm even saving the paper towels I use for cleaning my mirrors and windows. I let them dry before putting them in the recycle bag. I'm actually collecting more paper towels than I have grease to soak up and I use paper towels sparingly. Just don't want folks to think I'm wasting paper towels.
It's even thriftier if you use an empty tin can for collecting grease. Whenever I buy something in a large can, I save the empty can, wash it out and use it for a "grease can". I keep it in the fridge and anytime I have to drain grease, I just pull it out, pour the grease in, and pop the can back in the fridge. When it's full, it goes in the trash.
I agree that newspaper also works well for soaking up liquids. I inquired once about how to get rid of a paint can that had a little paint left in it and was advised to stuff it with newspaper before putting it in the dumpster.
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