Don't Invite the Grease Monster to Your Holiday Feast
Properly dispose of fat trimmings & cooking oil in the trash
While we may fill our bellies this holiday season with turkey, ham and tamales, one thing we don't want to inadvertently stuff is the dreaded local holiday grinch – the Grease Monster.
Keeping grease out of our sewer system is a year-round priority, but the holidays and their culinary delights of fried turkeys and thick gravy can provide a concentrated grease problem for our sewers this time of year.
Frying turkeys or other foods is very popular during the holidays, but it leaves large amounts of grease and oils for disposal that can clog sewer pipes and cause sewer spills that can impact the environment, businesses and even people's homes. But this costly outcome is something we can minimize as a city, and you can help by doing this:
|Collect cooled cooking oil, poultry and meat fats in sealed containers and discard with your regular garbage.|
- Wipe and scrape – Dishes and pots coated with greasy leftovers should be wiped or scraped clean prior to washing or placing in the dishwasher.
- Bag the trimmings – Place fat trimmings from meat in a plastic bag and discard them with your trash, rather than dumping down the garbage disposal.
- Collect cooled grease – Never pour grease down the drain! Instead, place cooled grease and oils in a sealed container and dispose of it with your garbage. For larger amounts, such as turkey fryer grease, drop it off at the City of San Antonio's Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Center at 7030 Culebra Road. (You will need a copy of your CPS Energy bill to demonstrate residency.)
SAWS is working to increase preventative maintenance of sewer lines and reduce overflows to comply with the federal Clean Water Act.
Sewage backups from clogged pipes can damage personal and public property, resulting in costly repairs. Clogged pipes can happen anywhere in the system, from your property and your neighbor's to the system's sewer mains. Depending on where the clog is located, the resident or property owner may be responsible for the cost of cleaning or repairing the line as well as the cost of damages caused by a backup into the home or building.
Traditionally, grease is thought of as oil used for frying and bacon grease, but grease and oils can be found in other food items that may surprise you, such as:
- Baked goods
- Poultry skins
- Creams and sauces
- Ice cream
- Salad dressings
If we follow these proper disposal tips, we can all enjoy a happy holiday season while denying the grinchy Grease Monster the fats and oils he needs to wreak havoc on our pipes and sewer system.