In the city of Tulsa, cooking grease is one of the major causes of residential pipeline and City sewer blockages. The spilled sewage eventually reaches Oklahoma streams and rivers, causing unsafe conditions.
By following a few simple steps, you can help prevent costly sewage overflows in the future.
All fats, oils and grease should be poured into a coffee can, or other durable container, and disposed of in the trash can, not down the drain.
Dishes and pots that are coated with greasy leftovers, should be wiped clean with a paper towel before washing or placing in the dishwasher. Toss the paper towel in the trash can.
Scrape all scraps into the trash. Don't put any scraps in the garbage disposal. Dispose of them in the trash can or compost.
Cooking grease coats pipelines in a way similar to the way that fatty foods clog human arteries. The grease clings to the inside of the pipe, eventually causing complete blockage.
Grease should NEVER be poured down the drain. Running hot water and pouring detergent down the drain only breaks up grease temporarily. As the grease moves through the pipe, it separates from the water and begins to coat the pipe.
Flushing grease down the toilet also causes sewer blockages.
Many foods are sources of fat that, with grease, can clog pipes:
Butter is 80% fat
Ranch Dressing is 50% fat
Mayonnaise is 30% fat
Alfredo Sauce is 20% fat
An Avacado is 10% fat
Ice Cream is 10% fat
Whole Milk is 4% fat
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You can also drop off grease, cooking or frying oil at the Household Pollutant Collection Facility.
If you see, hear or smell something you think might be a sewer overflow, report it immediately by calling (918) 586-6999. Be prepared to describe the location.
PACE provides free prevention training, public outreach, and technical assistance to those who have made the PACE pledge. PACE is a voluntary program which recognizes those who go above and beyond environmental regulations. Please visit PACE online.
For more information on the Grease Program for Businesses, contact (918) 591-4361 or email.