Dump post-feast grease to protect pipes from damage

November 23, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 23, 2011

Thanksgiving grease is notorious for causing slippery situations in local sewer systems.

Grease can cause the same problems in municipal sewer systems as in human arteries. The goop sticks to the inside of sewer pipes, leads to blockages and, maybe, expensive cleanups.

So, the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks joined Seattle-based General Biodiesel to offer residents with a safe way to toss cooking oil and grease. The material is then recycled, and does not end up in drains or landfills.

General Biodiesel is offering 10 locations countywide to dump leftover cooking fats and grease. The closest 24/7 drop-off location is Safeway, 630 228th Ave. N.E., 
Sammamish. The tank is located behind the store.

Officials recommend putting cooled cooking fats and grease into a sealed container for transport to the drop-off locations. Then, slowly pour the grease into the collection container to avoid splatters. Close the community lid tank and take containers home.

In May, City Council members adopted regulations for grease and other oily discharges from Issaquah businesses. Supporters said cutting out the fat could lead to reduced maintenance costs from clogged and damaged pipes in the long term.

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