Remember to collect the grease and oils in a sealable container after cooking this holiday season. Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) come from meats, butters and margarine, lard, food scraps, sauces, salad dressings, dairy products, and cooking oil. When FOG goes down the drain, it hardens and causes sewer pipes to clog. This can lead to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) where raw sewage actually backs up into your home, lawn, neighborhood and streets. Not only does this nasty mess cause health issues, it also can run into nearby streams or rivers adversely affecting our drinking water. If your pipes become clogged from putting FOG down the drain, it can be a very expensive problem to fix. To avoid household and environmental damage, as well as costly bills, NEVER put FOGs down the drain! Wipe pans clean with a paper towel and place the paper towel in the trash. Scrape off excess food from pots, pans, and plates into the trash before rinsing them in the sink with cold water.
Did you know? The City of Duncanville provides reusable fat trapper bags and reusable can lids at the Public Works counter at City Hall or at our Service Center located at 330 Shady Trail. Must present proof of residency. Limit 5 bags and 2 lids per household, while supplies last.
To dispose of large quantities of cooking oil, contact Jessica Smith, Solid Waste Coordinator, at 972-780-4946 to find the nearest household hazardous waste collection station.