Ever think about your sewer system? No surprise, most people don’t give it a second thought. Out of sight and out of mind, right?
“Living sewer smart” is thinking about your actions when it comes to disposing of cooking fats, oils and grease (FOG). Dumping your FOG down the sink eventually leads to a thick build up in your home’s sewer system, which can clog your sewer pipes. These clogs can lead to sewage backing up inside your home or on your property.
Sewage spills can create a stinky mess in your home and be extremely expensive to clean-up. In some cases, substantial back-ups can lead to sewage draining down the curb and into the stormwater system which can contaminate nearby creeks. In addition, household FOG leads to increased maintenance of the public sewer systems and ultimately higher customer sewer fees.
How can you “live sewer smart”? Instead of draining your FOG into your kitchen sink drain, collect it in a container that can be sealed. For more tips, check out this website and www.livesewersmart.com.
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Keep Fats, Oils and Grease Out Of Your Kitchen Sink Drain. Call Us Today For A Free Pick-Up.
The City of Roseville now accepts fats, oils and grease as part of its free household hazardous waste pick-up service. Call us today at 774-5780 to schedule a pick-up of your food fats, oils and grease. Residents are allowed one pick-up per month.
Preparing Your Fats, Oils and Grease For Pick-Up
Any cooking fats, oil or grease should be allowed to cool to room temperature. Place cooled fats oils and grease in a clear plastic container with a screw-on lid. All containers should be clearly marked “food grease” on the outside of the container. Containers should only contain cooking-related fats, oils and grease and no other material such as food scraps, water and garbage.
The City of Roseville will accept up to seven gallons of fats, oils and grease per scheduled pick-up. Containers that are not clearly marked or contain garbage or other material in the container will not be picked up.
State Waste Discharge Requirements
On May 2, 2006 the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) finalized their statewide approach to reducing sanitary sewer overflows. One aspect of the approach is developing a Sanitary Sewer Management Plan (SSMP) for Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) control. The released documents include the Finalized WDR, Monitoring and Reporting Program and a Fact Sheet