Unless a plumber is on the guest list, the City of Carlsbad urges residents to take care when disposing of greasy food scraps this holiday season, or risk expensive and messy sewer pipe backups. Soap, detergents and bleach only temporarily cut the grease. Fat, oil and grease eventually attach to the walls of sewer pipes. Buildup of grease in sewer pipes is the number one cause of sewage spills.
This holiday season, remember to dispose of fat, oil and grease properly:
Scrape food, sauces and oils from plates and pans into the trash.
Put a strainer in the sink drain and empty solids into the trash.
Use your garbage disposal sparingly and do not rely on grease cutting detergents to wash away grease.
Wipe cooking pan residue with a paper towel and throw it in the trash.
Collect a small amount of fat, oil and grease into a plastic container such as a milk jug or coffee can or mix with kitty litter, coffee grounds or shredded newspaper and throw it in the trash.
Homeowners are responsible for the sewer pipe from their homes to the street. Clogs in this pipe are costly to clear, especially after hours and on holidays.
Dispose of larger amounts of used cooking oil responsibly and for free. Call Waste Management at 760-929-9400 for more information.