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Monday, November 11, 2013
Protect the Environment this Holiday Season
During the holiday season, many families will gather together for meals and celebration.  After the turkey or chicken is cooked, what does your family do with the grease?  Some families seal it in a plastic container and throw it out with the garbage, some save it for future use, and others may pour it down the kitchen drain or toilet. 

OilpanDid you know that even if cooking grease is poured down the drain as a liquid and tap water is run to “wash” it down, it can still clog the sewer line?  Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) are major culprits in clogging up the sewer lines because they slowly harden and will make it difficult for the sewage to flow to the treatment plants.  The toughest part is that these clogs do not only affect the person pouring grease down the drains, it can clog the lines for an entire neighborhood.  As these clogs grow, the wastewater has nowhere to go and can back up into your home or overflow from manholes and end up in our streams and rivers.  When this happens, it can be damaging to the environment.

At the Columbus Water Works (CWW) we value family celebrations and holiday traditions. Fry your turkeys agreasecannd chickens, and enjoy your holidays.  CWW would like to help you dispose of your cooking grease without putting it down the drains, so we are hosting another Grease Recycling Pick-up event where you can bring your cooking grease, and we will handle the rest. All you have to do is collect your old cooking grease, in any container and bring it to one of our Grease Recycling events.  The next event is
January 11, 2014 from 10am to 2pm. (Click here for details)

It is also important to know that FOG is not the only household item that blocks the sewer lines.  Baby wipes, “flushable” wipes, feminine products, and paper towels are just a few other items that can have a strong impact on maintaining a clear sewer system.  If you would like to learn more about what not to flush, please click here.

Grease Disposal Tips:
• You can save your fats, oil, and grease in a household container and bring it to CWW to recycle the grease at no cost to you.  There are two (2) events held every year. Click here for details.
• Mix liquid oils and fats with an absorbent material, such as cat litter or coffee grounds and place it in a sealable container and place in the trashcan.
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