Whether you’re roasting a Charles Dickens style goose or a tofurky, keep the holiday grease out of the drain.
We know we sound like Scrooges—but the buildup of fats, oils and grease is a major problem for home plumbing as well as our regional sewer system.
Here’s a video for holiday stormwater pollution prevention inspiration:
Environmental fats, oils and grease disposal tips
The Wastewater Treatment Blog offers environmentally friendly tips to keep the plumber off your party guest list while helping us keep our sewers fat-free all year long.
- Put baskets and strainers in sinks to catch food scraps.
- Don’t put greasy food or meat in garbage disposals.
- Before washing dishes, use a spatula to scrape batter and food residue from bowls and plates.
- Never pour oil or grease into a drain, which can harm wildlife.
- Consider recycling large quantities of cooking oil from deep fryers at one of several Puget Sound area locations.
We saw the harm that oil and grease can cause wildlife during a cleanup of dumped cooking oil at a stormwater pond in White Center last November. 84 oiled birds were admitted by Focus Wildlife for cleaning and recovery before being released back into the wild.
Cooking and other edible oils, while less toxic to wildlife than petroleum products, still cause environmental harm. When birds contact the oil it coats the feathers so that the animals lose insulation and buoyancy. Oil damages habitat for other aquatic life, reducing oxygen levels and creating physical impacts on the water surface and shoreline.