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Published on Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Many of our favorite Thanksgiving foods, such as turkey, sauces, dressing, dairy products and baked goods, contain fats, oils and grease. After the Thanksgiving meal is cooked and eaten, these fats, oils, and grease are often poured down the sink or garbage disposals that are not designed to properly handle these materials.  Why isn’t pouring grease down the drain a good idea? After the grease is poured down the drain, it will stick to the sides of sewer pipes, both on your property and in the public sewer system. Over time, the grease will build up and block the pipes, causing the public sewer system to stop working properly. MSD estimates that about 15 percent of blockages in its public sewer system are caused by fats, oils and grease.  Here are some easy ways to keep fats, oils and grease out of the public sewer system:

  •  Refrain from pouring grease down sink drains.
  • Scrape all excess food and grease from plates and other utensils into the trash.
  • Collect grease in a container. Cool it in the fridge and dispose of in the trash