Grease Reduction

Large amounts of fat, oil, grease (FOG) have shown up in our collection system pipes and at the City of Chelsea Wastewater Treatment Plant. Oil and grease hamper effective treatment of the wastewater and diminish the capacity of sewer lines in the collection system. Abroad, over 75% of sanitary sewer systems are working at 50% capacity due to FOG. These FOG clogs cost the nation an extra 25 billion dollars a year according to the Washtenaw County Drain Commission. We urge you to help us minimize this problem by practicing our “Good Housekeeping Grease Reduction Program”.

Deep Fryer (vegetable, peanut oil, etc.): Put waste grease in a container. Wipe the fryer down with paper towels and dispose of them with solid waste. Wash out the remaining grease (there shouldn't be much).

Grill and Roaster/Broiler: Empty drip pans into a container and wipe everything off with paper towels. Dispose of these with the solid waste. Any remaining grease can be washed.

Gravy, Bacon and Sauce: Wipe greasy pans and dishes prior to washing; putting leftover material into a container. Residues should go out with solid waste.

Frosting Containers: Pre-scrape containers with paper towels. Attempt to recycle or reuse large quantities and dispose of smaller quantities in solid waste.

Butter and Butter By-Products: Pre-scrape utensils and containers prior to washing and dispose of non-recyclable materials in the solid waste.

Meat Scraps and Trimmings: Wipe meat processing equipment clean with a paper towel prior to cleaning and put meat trimmings into a container.   

Garbage Disposal: Avoid using garbage disposals. Garbage disposals send unwanted food byproducts into the sanitary sewer where they will drop out of solution, build up on the walls of your side sewer and cause a backup.

Sink Strainers: Keep your sink strainers in place. The best way to stop backups is eliminate the source. Small food particles should be cleaned often from sink strainers and disposed as solid waste.

Oil Recycling: If you would like to recycle oils contact the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority (WWRA) at 734-475-6160.