Dispose of Grease Properly

July 27, 2011

Nationally, forty-three percent of all sanitary sewer overflows are caused by blocked sewer mains. These blockages can cause an overflow into local streams, yards and structures. Overflows are detrimental to the environment, distressing to local residents, and costly to the city in insurance claims and regulatory fees.

Locally, blockages are primarily caused by the build-up of hardened grease and oils. Grease enters the system from many sources, including individual households. The grease and oil enter the system in a liquid state suspended in wastewater from dishwashers and wash sinks. As the suspended grease cools it solidifies, accumulating into a hardened mass that adheres to sewer pipes and equipment.

By establishing a schedule of regular inspection and cleaning, the Prattville Wastewater Department has made overflows a rare occurrence. However, grease still accounts for 90% of the blockages in sewer lines. With that in mind, please do not pour hot grease down your drains or in your commode. It doesn't just clog City sewer lines; it also causes issues within the pipes that run throughout and from your residence.

Sanitation suggests you put your cooking oil in a leak-proof non-glass container, double bag it, and place inside your garbage bag.

Engine oil can be dropped off at most oil-change businesses. They might charge a nominal processing fee for proper disposal.


Read about the City inspections and the ordinance that regulates commercial grease and requires grease interceptors...