Fats, Oils and Grease
Cooking oil and grease can clog drains when poured down the kitchen sink. Grease blockages are the single greatest cause of sewer overflows in Grand Prairie, which is a health hazard, threat to the environment and an expensive mess to clean.
When the pipe is blocked, raw sewage comes up through cleanouts or city manholes, contaminating the soil and waterways. Around 60 percent of your water bill is used to clear clogged pipes.
How can you help?
- Don’t put grease down drains.
- Pour used grease and cooking oil into a non-leaking container (such as an empty coffee container or detergent bottle with a lid), and save it in the refrigerator until the next Household Hazardous Waste collection event.
- Drop off your used cooking oil and grease at the Household Hazardous Waste collection day for proper disposal. HHW events are scheduled regularly. Registration is required. Register online or call 972-237-8055.
- For small amounts of grease on cookware and dishes, wipe with a paper towel, napkin or newspaper and throw in the garbage.
- Don’t dump food scraps high in fat down the disposal. Put the scraps in compost or garbage.
Whenever meat is drained in a colander, place the colander over newspaper instead of the sink, and then throw the newspaper away.
- Never dump motor oil or other lubricants down the drain. Take used oil to the nearest collection point, such as an auto distributor.
Do you use wet wipes that claim they are flushable? These wipes are actually not flushable and can cause harm to plumbing and wastewater systems because they do not disintegrate after flushing. Instead, they wrap around other flushed wipes and debris, damage pumps at the wastewater plant, and have to be removed from wastewater screens and lift stations. Wipes also create clogs in main wastewater lines and customer lines that have to be manually removed because fats, oil and grease deposit on them. Toilet paper disintegrates almost immediately, but the strong-fiber wipes cause havoc in city wastewater lines and at wastewater plants.
When using flushable wipes, please throw them into the trash, and do not flush them down the toilet. This keeps the wastewater lines clear and helps avoid costly clog removal at your home and the wastewater plant.