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Richland Workers Show Consequences of Pouring Grease Down Drains

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City of Richland Workers show why you shouldn't pour grease or oil down the drain. City of Richland Workers show why you shouldn't pour grease or oil down the drain.

RICHLAND, WA - We've probably all done it, turn on the hot water and pour a little grease down the kitchen sink.

But Thursday morning, City of Richland workers showed where that grease and oil ends up when it cools off.

The buildup gradually clogs up sewer lines and can lead to messy, expensive backups.

The Wastewater/Stormwater Manager in the Richland Public Works Department John Bykonen said, "You don't like to see sewage spills out on the street and nasty stuff like that. So I think people realize that, and I think communication works. Getting the word out to people is helpful."

Wastewater treatment workers say you should never pour grease or oil down the drain.

Here's more from a City of Richland press release with advice on what to do with cooking grease and oil:

Grease buildup gradually restricts the flow of wastewater through pipes and can lead to costly backups. As holiday cooking increases, the City of Richland Wastewater Treatment Division would like to remind residents to properly dispose of grease, oil and fatty food scraps. Improper disposal causes major problems in the property owner's sewer lines, as well as in the City sewer lines and pump stations. To avoid sewer back-up problems, costly, labor intensive cleaning and repair, and environmental damage, please remember the following:

 Never pour grease down the drain. The grease will cool and solidify as it moves through the sewer line even if you allow the hot water to continuously run.  

  1. Pour hot grease into a dry metal container, allow to cool and place in the garbage. Liquid grease needs to be covered with a tight fitting lid, solid grease does not.
  2. Pour cooled grease into a plastic jar, milk carton or a Ziplock type freezer bag. You can also freeze drippings and other grease until trash day.  
  3. Scrape food and grease from dishes and pans into the trash, prior to rinsing and washing.
  4. Use a basket or strainer in the sink to catch greasy food scraps.
  5. If you suspect a sewer back-up, call 942-7480 during business hours or 545-2763 after hours or on weekends.

 Used cooking and fryer oil can be safely disposed of at the Horn Rapids Landfill.  Collect in a container with a screw on lid and label the container.  Drop it off at the facility, 3120 Twin Bridges Road, from 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday.  If you need your container back, call 942-7387 so that assistance is available when you arrive. Businesses with larger quantities can also bring in their fryer oil, but a courtesy call is requested before arrival.