2nd Annual North Texas Holiday Grease Roundup!
Bring Your Used Cooking Oil and Grease to a Holiday Grease Roundup Drop-Off Location From Nov. 30 Through Dec. 11
This holiday season, several cities are partnering with the Wastewater And Treatment Education Roundtable, Dallas County Schools Alternative Fuel Program, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments to help protect sewer systems and the environment. From Monday, November 30, through Friday, December 11, there will be convenient drop-off locations all around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
We will be posting more details with participating city locations soon—stay tuned!
Thanksgiving is a time when people gather with their families and loved ones, eating delicious foods like fried turkeys, buttery foods, and gravy. But while many people are aware that they should watch their waistlines during the holiday season, they may not know that the pipes in their homes need to watch their waistlines, too.
When fats, oil, and grease (FOG) are washed down the drain, they stick to the inside of pipes, building up until they become clogs. This can cause raw sewage backups in residences and streets. This nasty mess may also run into nearby waterbodies, affecting water quality.
So instead of washing your grease down the drain, recycle it for free instead! The collected cooking oil and grease will be recycled into biodiesel or biogas, which reduces landfill waste and produces an alternative fuel that is clean and green.
Cease the Grease!
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...
About the Wastewater And Treatment Education Roundtable
The Wastewater And Treatment Education Roundtable (WATER), formerly known as 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, and is currently expanding its mission to include issues related to disposables and other related topics. For more information about WATER and upcoming meetings, click here.