Fact 1: All too often FOG (fats, oils, and grease from meat, cooking oil, lard, margerine, and butter) are improperly disposed of by washing these messy, greasy residues down the kitchen plumbing system or by dumping it down the storm drain system. Improperly disposing of leftover FOG may cause property damage, health hazards, and environmental problems.
Fact 2: Pipes may be blocked by oils poured directly into the sink, even if diluted with hot water. As sewer pipes back up, sewage and food particles that accumulate can attract insects and other vermin and may create a potential health hazard by exposing people to raw sewage.
Fact 3: Property damage can also result from sewage backups resulting in expensive clean up and plumbing repairs. Clogged sewers can also lead to overflows, which can runoff into the street and straight into the storm drain system, and eventually lead to pollution of our creeks, streams and area lakes.
Fact 4: Oils pollute streams and creeks by forming a film on the water surface, which prevents oxygenation for aquatic life. Polluted storm water runoff can lead to excessive and costly maintenance and cleanup and could result in severe fines from State and Federal regulatory agencies. A firm in Tacoma, Washington was fined $49,000 by authorities for dumping 4,000 gallons of kitchen grease and waste water down a storm drain.
Fact 5: Commercial food preparation establishments and residents should never dispose of fried turkey grease and other cooking oil by dumping it into the storm drain system. Disposing of restaurant grease into storm drains or down manhole covers is illegal under the Texas Litter Abatement Act.
Fact 6: Did you know that used vegetable oil can be recycled into a non-toxic, renewable, biodegradable fuel called biodiesel? Or that used fats and oils can also be recycled into animal feed and other products? Check with your city to see if FOG is recycled in your community.
How you can help:
For additional information you can contact the City of Duncanville Public Works Department at 972-780-4900.
information from the North Central Texas Council of Government