Corral the Grease Program
Used cooking grease dumped down kitchen drains solidifies and accumulates inside the pipes, eventually restricting free flow of raw sewage on its way to the wastewater treatment plant. This overloads the collections system, causing sewage to overflow into streets, yards, and storm ditches, eventually polluting the bayous and Galveston Bay. The used cooking grease that blocks sewer pipes generally comes from two sources – commercial kitchens and residential kitchens.
|Grease Buildup Inside Pipe|
Commercial establishments, such as restaurants, institutional cafeterias and other public kitchens, are regulated by City ordinance. They are required to install grease traps that must be cleaned periodically.
Residents don't have grease traps. The best way to reduce grease from residential kitchens is for residents to prevent grease from entering the sewer pipes in the first place. This can be done as follows:
|Solidified Grease in Pipe|
Residents collect grease in containers (i.e. used cans, glass jars, etc,).
Residents dispose of the hardened grease with their regular trash or recycle. CLICK HERE for information on Recycle Opportunities in Houston for Used Cooking Oil.