Posted on: Nov-26-2013
When Fats, Oils and Grease (F.O.G.) are poured down the drain, they are not broken down by garbage disposals. F.O.G. enters the sewer system where it cools and eventually congeals into a solid “ball” of grease. These balls cause blockages in the sewer system, posing dangerous health and environmental risks and increasing costs for you, the customer.
Blockages in the sewer system can cause raw sewage to back up into your home or your neighbors’ homes. Blockages also can cause raw sewage to overflow from the sewer pipes and spill into creeks, rivers, and streams, causing significant environmental damage.
F.O.G. is found in common food ingredients like:
• Meats (turkey, chicken, beef, fish, pork, bacon) & used turkey grease from fryers
• Dairy products & food scraps
• Cooking agents (lard, shortening, butter, cooking oil)
• Certain condiments (mayonnaise, gravy, salad dressing, sauces, icing)
Follow these simple steps to prevent sewer backups:
1. Pour cooled F.O.G. into a sealed container and dispose of in the garbage or at a local disposal site.
2. Soak up remaining F.O.G. with paper towels and discard in the garbage.
3. Before you wash dishes, scrape F.O.G. related food scraps into garbage, not compost.
The best way to dispose of turkey fryer oil:
Put used, cooled oil in a sealed container and take to one of the following disposal sites:
• Larimer County Landfill, 5887 S. Taft Hill Rd.
Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
• Eco-Thrift, 208 N. Howes St.
Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.