Protect the Pipes

The  main problem leading to overflows is Grease. When fats, oils, and grease (FOG) enter the sewer system, it builds up over time forming large blockages which result in overflows of sewage and are difficult to remove. The best way you can “cease the grease” is to never pour grease (things like oil, butter, margarine, shortening, pan drippings and sauces) down the drain. Instead, let it cool down, collect it in one of the free recycling containers we provide all over town, and drop it off at any of our convenient recycling locations. Alternately, you can collect the used grease in a heat-proof container, such as a soup can, and dispose in the trash after it cools. Also, don’t believe people who say (1) it’s okay to pour grease down the drain as long as you run the water at the same time, or (2) it’s perfectly fine to dump grease if you use your garbage disposal to break it up. These are myths. It’s never okay to pour any type of grease down the drain.

Grease and Cooking Oil Recycle Locations

  • Palladian Jubilee Ridge
  • Malbis Shell
  • Public Works
  • Short Stop Shell
  • Grande Point Apartments
  • Marathon 31
  • Spanish Fort Marathon
  • Daphne Utilities Main Office
  • Riviera Utilities Pelican Bay Apartments
  • East Bay Apartments
  • Arbors by the bay
  • Audubon Apartments
  • Ashley Gates
  • Lake Forest Apartments
  • Circle K

Did you know...

  • Pouring fats, oil and grease down the sink or toilet creates obstructions in underground pipes and creates serious problems like blockages and sewer overflows?
  • Over time, grease buildup can clog an entire pipeline, causing sewer overflows in your home and neighborhood. The damage from overflows could cost you thousands of dollars?

Grease management and Disposing Tips

  • Pour cooled grease into our recycling containers and drop off at one of our 16 used oil recycling stations.
  • Do not use hot water and soap to try to wash grease down the drain. It will eventually cool and harden in the sewer lines.
  • Mix cooking oils with absorbent material such as coffee grounds or cat litter. Place in a tight lidded container and dispose of it in the garbage.
  • Wipe or scrape food particles from pots, pans and dishes into the trash can prior to placing them in the sink for washing.
  • Wipe excess fats and grease from pans with a dry paper towel and toss in the garbage.
  • Always use sink basket strainers and empty into trash can.
  • Use Disposable towels to wipe down work areas.
  • Collect and empty grill scrapings and fryer vat grease in grease recycling container.
  • Do not put liquid foods like gravy, milk, shakes or batter containing fat, oil or grease down the drain.
  • Do not put fats, oils, grease or food down the drain.
  • Do not wash pots, pans, utensils, etc. until food, oil and/or grease has been wiped away.
Thanks for your help, and please spread the word about how important it is to Protect the Pipes. Together, we can protect our sewer system and the environment. For more information, call (251)626-2628.