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Posted on: November 15, 2021

Proper Grease, Oil Disposal Helps Protect City's Sewers

The word "grease" written in congealed grease in a fry pan.

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 (FOG) and other food debris after cooking.

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. 

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 trash. 
  • Avoid using the sink disposal to prevent food scraps from impacting residential and city sewer pipes.

Residents are encouraged to recycle FOG through the city’s Special Waste Collection program. Call (972) 721-8059 for more information.

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