Cease The Grease

Proper Disposal of Fats, Oils and Grease Can Save Money, the
Environment and Your Summer

MERRICK, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–It’s summer and those bodies on the beach are not the only things
frying. This time of year means more french fries, fried chicken and
other tasty fried food. Both in home kitchens and at restaurants across
New York, the oil is flowing and heavy duty frying is taking place. New
York American Water reminds everyone not to forget about all the
resulting used fats, oils and grease (FOG).

FOG hardens as it goes down the drain. That can cause nearby sewer pipes
to clog, which in turn may lead to the raw sewage actually backing up
into your home or onto the streets. This nasty mess can shut down
businesses, close a beach, or ruin your family get-together. It can also
cause health issues. Whether it’s in your home’s pipes or the sewer main
out under the street, FOG-caused blockages can be very expensive problem
to fix.

To avoid a household mess, possible environmental damage, costly
repairs, and get the most out of another frying session, here are a few
easy dos and don’ts to deal with the hot stuff:

  • Don’t pour oil and grease down the drain.
  • Do put oil and grease in covered and sealable containers. Let
    the FOG cool a bit so you don’t burn yourself, or melt the container.
  • Do remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers, and
    griddles. Cool first before you skim, scrape, or wipe off excess
    grease.
  • For the grease that cannot be poured into the container, Do wipe
    pans clean with a paper towel and put it in the trash.
  • Do dispose of the sealed container in accordance with your
    local ordinances.

New York American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the largest
investor-owned water company in New York, providing high-quality and
reliable water services to approximately 350,000 people. Founded in
1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse
publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With
headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs 6,400 dedicated
professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people
in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at www.amwater.com.

Contacts

New York American Water
Peter A. Eschbach, 856-782-2390
peter.eschbach@amwater.com