Date: November 8, 2011
Never flush fats, rags, oil or grease (FROG) down the toilet or drain
Contact: Theresa Gillis Gassett, Water and Wastewater Services
The holidays are approaching and that has many families preparing special foods to serve throughout the season.
There’s nothing worse than having a joyous holiday meal ruined by a clogged sink. However, incorporating some easy practices to your cooking routine can help prevent mishaps and damage to both household drains and water resources.
While grease poured down kitchen sink drains is a problem year-round, Broward County Water and Wastewater Services reminds residents, especially between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, to think “No FROG. No Clog” and encourages proper disposal of FROG -Fats, Rags, Oil and Grease.
Fats, cooking oil and left over grease from the turkey poured down the kitchen drain can build up in pipes causing backups not only in the home, but also into streets and the storm drain system, which can lead to potential hazardous threats to residents, waterways, canals and ponds.
The following tips may help prevent a clogged drain from ruining your holidays:
• Freeze small amounts of fats, oils and grease in a container with a tight-sealing lid and dispose of them in the trash.
• Mix cooking oil with an absorbent material such as cat litter or coffee grounds, place in a tightly-sealed container and dispose of them in the trash.
• Scrape and wipe excess grease from pans and dishes with a paper towel before washing.
• Prewash dishes and pans with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher.
• Use a strainer in your sink to catch scraps.
• Cover drains with fine screen or catch basket and empty into garbage can as needed.
• Use environmentally safe cleaning products instead of harsh detergents or cleaners that can damage sewer lines.
Pouring grease down the garbage disposal and then running hot water and grease-fighting detergent to wash it down is not an advisable practice. Home garbage disposals do not remove grease from the plumbing system, and hot water will cool down in pipes causing fats and grease to thicken, which causes blockages to occur further down the pipeline.
Disposing of large amounts of grease in the trash is also not recommended, as containers may leak, causing problems with garbage trucks and at solid waste facilities. Instead, large amounts of fats, oils and grease, such as those used in deep-frying a turkey, can be disposed of at one of the County's Household Hazardous Waste Collection sites each Friday and Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
• Pompano Beach - 2780 N. Powerline Road
• West Park - 5601 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd.
With some common sense approaches to the proper disposal of excess cooking grease, all residents can enjoy the holiday season without the added burden of unnecessary and expensive repairs to clogged drains and pipes. For more information, contact Water and Wastewater Services at 954-831-3250 or visit broward.org/waterservices.