Grease Clogs Pipes!

Clogs from fats, oils, and grease are the main cause of sanitary sewer overflows in Houston. Put grease in its place – never down the drain.

LEFTOVER COOKING FATS, OILS, & GREASE?

Contain it, Cool it and Toss it OR Reuse it!

  1. Contain it. Scrape or pour grease into an empty container, such as a heat resistant bag, a glass jar, or a tin can.
  2. Cool it. Let the grease cool, and cover it. Store in the fridge until container is full.
  3. Toss it. Once full, toss the container directly in the trash can.
OR

Recycle it at the City of Houston Environmental Service Centers:

 *Environmental Service Center South
11500 S Post Oak Road,
Tuesday & Wednesday, 9AM to 3PM 
2nd Saturday of each month, 9AM to 1PM
*Environmental Service Center North
5614 Neches Street,
2nd Thursday of each month, 9AM to 3PM
Wipes Clog Pipes!

Clogs from wipes, rags and any product other than toilet paper trap grease, and cause sanitary sewer overflows.
Only flush the 3 P’s:

  • Pee. Pee and poo are treated at our wastewater treatment plants.
  • Poo. Poo breaks down and doesn’t clog our wastewater pipes.
  • Paper. Toilet paper dissolves in water.
Helpful Tips

Use a Sink Strainer
Cover household drains with a sink strainers to prevent food scraps, hair and other debris from washing down the drain.

Use a Paper Towel
Use a paper towel to wipe grease from pots, pans, plates, and utensils before washing.

Do NOT put the Following Down the Drain

  • cooking grease & oil
  • meat fats
  • shortening, butter & margarine
  • coffee grounds and or filters
  • paper towels
  • baby diapers
  • feminine hygiene products
  • hair
  • chewing gum
  • plastics
  • toys
What is a Sanitary Sewer Overflow?

A sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) is a backup of raw wastewater that can contaminate our waters, causing property damage and threatening public health.

The most common causes of sanitary sewer overflows are:

  • blockages (caused by grease & wipes)
  • wastewater line breaks
  • flooding (stormwater overloads the wastewater system)

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates there are at least 23,000 - 75,000 SSOs per year (not including sewage backups into buildings) in the United States.

Commercial Kitchens

Restaurants, cafeterias and other commercial kitchens are regulated by City Code and are inspected annually by the Houston Health Department. Commercial kitchens are required to install grease traps that must be cleaned every 90 days unless a waiver is submitted and approved by the Houston Health Department.

Resources

Video about Grease

Texas Commission on Enviromental Quality Grease Information

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Posted: 
Thursday, November 14, 2019