Thank you for helping to protect sewer systems and the environment this holiday season!
During the second week of December 2014, several cities (Addison, Arlington, Cedar Hill, Coppell, Dallas, Fort Worth, Garland, and Mansfield) partnered with the Dallas County Schools Alternative Fuel Program, North Texas Grease Abatement Council, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments to help protect sewer systems and the environment from improperly disposed of cooking oil and grease. There were convenient drop-off locations all around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, with special events hosted by the City of Arlington and the City of Garland.
This year, thanks to the efforts of all the residents and participating cities, approximately 1,200 gallons of cooking oil and grease were collected during the first annual Holiday Grease Roundup.
Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) come from meats, butters and margarine, lard, food scraps, sauces, salad dressings, dairy products, and cooking oil. When FOG goes down the drain, it hardens and causes sewer pipes to clog. This can lead to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) where raw sewage actually backs up into your home, lawn, neighborhood, and streets. Not only does this nasty mess cause health issues, it also can run into a nearby stream or river which affects our drinking water. If your pipes become clogged from putting FOG down the drain, it can be very expensive problem to fix. To avoid household, environmental damage, as well as a costly bill, NEVER put FOG down the drain!
How to Properly Dispose of Fats, Oils, and Grease
When you have finished cooking, collect liquid grease and oils in a sealable container that you can take to your local drop off location to be recycled. Many of these locations will provide you with a new container you can use. [Find Locations] For the grease that cannot be poured into the container, you should wipe pans clean with a paper towel and put it in the trash. Food scraps should also go in the trash. Scrape off excess food from pots, pans, and plates before rinsing them in the sink with cold water.
Do put oil and grease in covered collection containers.
Do scrape food scraps from dishes into trash cans and garbage bags and dispose of properly. Avoid using the garbage disposal.
Do remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers, and griddles. Cool first before you skim, scrape, or wipe off excess grease.
Don't pour oil and grease down the drain.
Don't put food scraps down the drain.
Don't rinse off oil and grease with hot water.
Grease Interceptor Guide
All Food Service Establishments (FSEs) must have a grease trap or grease interceptor to prevent Fats, Oils, and Grease from going down the drain and entering the city's sanitary sewer system. We have created a comprehensive, city by city guide for restaurants in the North Texas region giving information about how grease interceptors work, best management practices to maintain and extend the life of your grease trap, and the information you need to know about your city's local ordinances regarding grease interceptors. more...
Use the contact us page to request a copy by mail.
North Texas Grease Abatement Council
The North Texas Grease Abatement Council is an educational partnership between the North Central Texas Council of Governments, municipalities, and water utilities in the North Texas region. The group educates the public of problems associated with fats, cooking oils, and grease that can cause property damage, health hazards, and environmental problems. The cities and agencies currently involved with this project include: Arlington, Bedford, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Irving, North Richland Hills, Southlake, and the Trinity River Authority. For more information about the North Texas Grease Abatement Council and meeting information, click here.