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Fats, Oils & Grease


Fats, oil and grease will often accumulate in plumbing and drainage systems, and can cause a sewer system to backup and overflow. The problem is receiving increased attention because of the public health threat and environmental effects of sewer system overflows. The state may fine municipalities as much as $10,000 along with cleanup if grease contributes to a sewer overflow.

Tips for Residents

Many sewer backups occur between the home and the town's sewer main. You can help prevent costly and unsanitary overflows by following a couple of simple tips provided below. 

What To Do

•    Disposable diapers and personal hygiene products do not belong in the sewer system. Promote the concept of “3 R's: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
•    Place a wastebasket in the bathroom for disposing of solid wastes rather than flushing.
•    Place food scraps in waste containers or garbage bags for disposal with solid wastes or start a compost pile
•    Scrape excess grease in a container and dispose of it in the garbage.
•    Scrape utensils before washing.

What Not To Do

•    Do not pour grease, fats, and oils from cooking down the drain.
•    Do not use the sewer as a means of disposing food scraps.
•    Do not use the toilet as a wastebasket.

Motor oil recycling centers are available throughout the town. Check with your local service station or car parts stores or use the Campbell County Landfill.