Households across Irving will be celebrating the holidays with delicious foods. From turkeys to casseroles, food waste should be managed appropriately to avoid costly issues with clogged pipes. Help maintain the integrity of sewer infrastructure by properly disposing of fats, oils, grease and other food debris after cooking.
Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) should not be poured down the drain. Improper FOG disposal can lead to expensive sewer backups for homeowners and renters, and it creates a major strain on the city’s infrastructure and environment. The majority of sanitary sewer overflows are due to FOG buildup from homes and apartments.
Holiday Grease Roundup
Residents can dispose of used cooking oil and grease in the secure collection bin located at Valley View Municipal Complex, 333 Valley View Lane, from Nov. 14 to Jan. 9. For more information and other disposal locations, visit DefendYourDrainsNorthTexas.com.
Help prevent sewer issues by following the proper FOG disposal tips:
- Always put oil and grease in collection containers.
- Wipe FOG residue from pots, pans, plates and kitchen utensils with a paper towel and place it in the trash can.
- Use a screen on the drain to catch food scraps and dispose of debris in the garbage.
- Avoid using the sink disposal to prevent food scraps from impacting residential and city sewer pipes.
Residents also are encouraged to recycle used FOG all year through the city’s Special Waste Collection program. Call (972) 721-8059 for more information.