Draining used cooking oil and grease down a sink can be unhealthy and costly. Greasy materials can lead to sewer clogs or “chokes,” and a choke can result in wastewater backing up into your home or business, spilling out onto the streets, and even impacting the environment if it enters storm drains or the rivers.
When fats, oils and grease (FOG) are released into the sewer lines in any amount, they can seriously degrade the collection system’s ability to remove waste. It can be deposited directly on pipe walls, thus decreasing pipe capacity and requiring an increased frequency of cleaning, maintenance, and replacement. Every time an NBU crew responds to a sewer choke, it costs approximately $310. If a choke results in a sanitary sewer overflow, that cost jumps up to about $758. Additionally, FOG is extremely hard to process at the NBU wastewater treatment facilities. These costs can ultimately translate into higher operating and management expenses, which impact your sewer rates. Added to this is the potential for a sink to become clogged or a toilet to overflow in a home or business due to a choke, which can lead to an expensive plumbing bill for the customer.
Communicate with your family, friends and neighbors about the problem of grease in your sewer system and how to keep it out. The solution starts right in your home with your actions. To help with these efforts, NBU offers customers an alternative to disposing of grease down the drain. A free grease disposal kit is available at the Main Office while supplies last. These kits include 2 lb. slip cover cans with heat resistant liners that can be removed when full and placed in the trash. Replacement liners can be obtained at the Main Office, as well.
For more information about the proper disposal of fats, oils and grease and how these materials affect your environment and your community, please call (830) 608-8900.