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Water Services - Grease Control Tips

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When fats, oils and grease (FOG) are poured into drains, either in homes or businesses, it can cause costly sewer blockages and overflows that can damage homes, threaten the environment and cause health hazards.  The easiest way to solve the problem of grease blockage is to keep grease out of the drains in the first place.  Here are some disposal tips. 

  • Scrape food scraps into a can or the trash for disposal.  Put baskets or strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids.  Empty the drain baskets or strainers into the trash for disposal.
  • Do not put grease down garbage disposals.
  • For small amounts of oil or grease, soak it up with paper towels and dispose in the trash. 
  • For amounts ranging from a cup to a pint, pour the grease or oil into a container and freeze it.  Put the frozen grease into the trash the day your trash is collected.  Try to use a non-recyclable container if possible.  If you have none available, a tin or steel can works well.
  • For moderate amounts from a pint to a gallon, use cat litter to solidify the grease or oil.  Put the cat litter in a double-lined plastic bag and pour the grease into the bag.  Be sure there is no free liquid before tying the bag shut.


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