Change the Way You Wash Dishes and Avoid Sewer Backups

PlungerFats, oil and grease (or FOG) from food preparation and cleanup can result in a sewage backup into your home.

Why is FOG a problem?

Everyday washing of plates, pot, pans and cooking equipment sends FOG down the drain. Over time it can build up in your private side sewer  or the public sewer main and can block it, resulting in a sewage backup. The side sewer is the section of pipe that carries wastewater from your home or building’s plumbing system to the public sewer main.

Trashing FOG and Composting Help

  • Pour fats, oils and grease into a disposable container, such as a jar or can. Put it in the freezer and throw it in the trash after the FOG has hardened.
  • Use paper towels or napkins from meals to wipe greasy dishes before washing. Put them in your food and yard waste cart.
  • Use sink strainers to catch food waste when washing and put any scraps in your food and yard waste cart.
  • Recycling any unwanted leftovers in your food and yard waste cart instead of using garbage disposals reduces unwanted FOG.
  • Residents of single-family homes, apartments and condos can recycle their cooking oil with Republic Services. Call 425-452-4762 for details.

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