WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - “Can the Grease,” is the name given to the preventative initiative to teach the community about the problems that can arise from improper grease disposal.
Daniel Nix, Public Utilities Operations Manager for Wichita Falls, says that they offer a, “Can the Grease,” goodie bag filled with a reusable lid for your can of grease, a scraper to remove congealed grease from skillets and informational brochures.
All you have to do to get yourself a, “Can the Grease,” starter kit is to go to the Public Utilities office located at City Hall and ask about the initiative.
They have three simple phrases, with powerful purposes, to help people remember:
- Can It - Pour or scrape all fats, oils and grease into a metal can or glass jar and seal with a lid.
- Cool It - Allow contents to cool.
- Throw It Away – Throw the container away immediately, or keep it in the refrigerator until full and then dispose of it in the trash.
This simple three-step memory trick will keep your pipes from possible damage this holiday season.
Zac Ruddy, Journeyman Plumber at Brian’s Plumbing, said that the colder season brings with it more issues for pipes.
He said the cast iron pipes in the ground here in Wichita Falls do not handle acidity well, so things like grease will speed up the deterioration of those pipes.
Tips to Remember:
- Never pour fats, oils or grease down the drain.
- Hot water and dish soap DO NOT dissolve fats, oils or grease. As soon as these liquids cool while in pipes or sewer systems they will harden.
- Fats, oils and grease will build up over time.
- Disposing of fats, oils and grease properly will save thousands of dollars in repairs in the community.
- Avoid using a garbage disposal, instead place baskets or strainers in the sink to catch food scraps and then place them in the trash.
- Wipe before washing. After pouring fats, oils or grease into a sealable container, wipe the cooking container with a paper towel to remove further grease residue.