The city of Riverside has made a call to all cooks, chefs and culinary artists – Let’s keep Riverside’s sewers fat free! Not only are oils, grease and fats bad for your waistline they also cause big problems for the city’s sewage system. It may appear that all is well when you initially dump that warm lard down the drain, but as that liquid cools it solidifies and coats your sewage pipes. Most of this grease is a byproduct of cooking. Grease can be found in most meats, sauces, gravies, dressings, dairy products, deep-fried dishes and soups.
If pouring your cooking grease down the drain is how you usually dispose of your fats then it can build up very quickly causing there to be a full blockage. This can lead to a clogged kitchen sink for you but can very quickly escalate from that point on. We don’t want there to be any of your neighbors affected by raw wastewater backing up into their homes. Not only are sewer overflows extremely unsanitary and a big hazard to our health, it is also very costly for the city to fix.
The City of Riverside has provided a 3 step process to help prevent any grease related blockage and overflow in your kitchen. “Please follow these steps for proper disposal of all your grease, fats and oils:
1. Pour cooled oils and grease into an old glass jar or can and dispose of it in the trash
2. Remove excess grease left on cookware with a paper towel and dispose of it in the trash. Also scrape leftover food scraps from dishes or cookware into the trash.
3. Tell your family and friends about protecting their homes and preserving the environment through proper disposal of fats, oils and grease.
Essentially never pour your grease down the drain! Collecting your grease in a container is the best thing to do” (https://www.riversideca.gov/publicworks/sewer/pdf/fatfreesewerengweb.pdf)
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