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Public Works & Utilities
Anyone who prepares food can help prevent grease buildup. You should help because you can:
Prevent grease buildups from blocking sewer lines
Stop sewer overflows into streets, storm drains and waterways
Save money spent on costly cleanups of sewage spills
Reduce the number of times you have to clean out your grease trap
Protect the quality of our water
Ways to Tackle Grease
Use environmentally safe cleaning products instead of harsh detergents or cleaners that can damage sewer lines.
If you generate large amounts of used cooking oil, reuse or recycle it. To find a recycler, check the phone book under "recyclers" or "rendering companies."
If you generate small amounts of used cooking oil, reuse it as often as possible and then pour it into a container you can throw away. Never pour it down the drain.
For more information, please contact the Grease Prevention Coordinator at 360-473-5927.
Fats, Oil, and Grease Best Management Practices (PDF)
Fats, Oil, and Grease Images
Grease Solutions (PDF)
Grease Menace brochure (PDF)
Put oil and grease in covered collection containers.
Scrape food scraps from dishes into trash can and garbage bags and dispose of properly. Avoid using garbage disposal.
Remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers, and griddles. Cool first before you skim, scrape, or wipe off excess grease.
Prewash dishes and pans with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher.
Cover kitchen sink with catch basket and empty into garbage can as needed.
Cover floor drain with fine screen and empty into garbage can as needed.
Don't pour grease down the drain.
Don't put food scraps down the drain.
Don't rinse off oil and grease with hot water. Don't run water over dishes, pans, fryers, and griddles to wash oil and hot grease down the drain.
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