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Posted on: November 21, 2018

Put your pipes on a fat-free diet! Surprise encourages residents to properly dispose cooking grease


Surprise reminds residents to be responsible environmental stewards by properly disposing cooking oil, grease and fat remnants in the trash can or at designated dumping locations when preparing meals this holiday season.

Cooking grease poured down drains can cause plumbing problems for homes and negatively impact the city’s sewer system. Grease not only solidifies, which clogs pipes, but when combined with other compounds found in sewers it creates maintenance issues for the city’s water treatment facilities.

Over time pipes will become blocked causing raw sewage to back up into homes and overflow onto streets; the costs associated with unclogging or replacing pipes can be significant for homeowners.

Fats, oils and grease do not only come from cooking meat; butter and margarine, shortening, sauces and dairy products also contain components that can solidify when poured down the drain.

Here are a few best practices to keep in mind while cooking at home:

  • Large amounts of grease, such as oil used to fry your turkey, can be disposed at one of the city’s oil disposal locations between November 23, 2018 and January 8, 2019:
    • Fire Station 302, 18600 N. Reems Rd.
    • Fire Station 303, 15440 N. Cotton Ln.
    • Fire Station 305, 15517 N. Parkview Pl.
  • For smaller amounts of grease, let it solidify in a pan or jar and then throw it in the trash can in a covered container.
  • Avoid putting food scraps down the drain; fat from food remnants will still accumulate and cause problems in your pipes.
  • Try using your garbage disposal as little as possible; don’t use it as a food grinder.
  • Designate a sponge for cleaning greasy dishes; when it’s no longer useful, throw it in the trash. Reusable dishrags washed in the laundry can still transport fat.
  • Use a paper towel to soak up as much fat and oil from greasy dishes or pans before putting them in the sink or dishwasher. Try to put as little grease down the drain as possible!

For more information on how you can keep your pipes fat-free, call the environmental division at 623.222.7000.

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