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Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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Keeping Grease Out of Sewers at Home

Do

  • Scrape food scraps into the trash or compost bin.
  • Or catch food scraps and other solids with a strainer in the sink drain, and empty the strainer into the trash or compost bin.
  • pour grease in a can and throw in the garbagePour grease into steel cans, let it harden and throw in the trash.
  • Stop using your garbage disposal or minimize its use.
  • Wipe pots, pans and dishes with dry paper towels before rinsing or washing them, then throw paper towels in the garbage.
  • Rinse dishes and pans with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher.

 Don't

  • Don't pour grease down sink drains or toilets.
  • Don't use cloth towels or rags to scrape oil or grease off plates and utensils because grease will drain to the sewer when you wash the towels.
  • Don't run water over dishes, pans, fryers or griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain.