The holidays are busy, but that’s no reason to put extra stress on your septic system. Sending cooking grease, paper towels and coffee grounds down the drain can be a harmful holiday present for our sewer infrastructure, and for your plumbing at home as well. These simple steps can help put grease in its proper place:
- Collect cooled cooking oil, poultry and meat fats in sealed containers and discard with your regular garbage.
- Dishes and pots coated with greasy leftovers should be wiped or scraped clean into the trash can prior to washing or placing in the dishwasher. Scrape, don’t rinse!
- Place fat trimmings from meat in a plastic bag and discard them with your trash, rather than dumping down the garbage disposal.
- Never pour grease down the drain – place cooled grease and oils in a sealed container and dispose of it with your garbage.
- Other materials that cause trouble in sewer lines include ‘flushable wipes,’ kitty litter, plastic/cardboard feminine hygiene applicators, disposable diapers, prophylactics and personal care products, and cigarette butts.
For more information on Des Moines metro area’s wastewater operations, visit Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority.
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