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No greaseGrease is one of the leading causes of clogs and sewage overflows. Cooking fats, oils and grease cool and congeal inside sewer pipes and build up over time like arterial sclerosis. Eventually, the pipe becomes clogged so that wastewater can’t flow through it.

Here's what you can do to help prevent sewer clogs:

Use our recipe to put your sewer on a fat-free diet.

Recipe for fat-free sewers

Where’s the grease?

Although we eat much healthier these days and don’t fry foods like we used to, many food items contain clog-inducing fats, oils and grease. A few you may not have considered are listed below:

  • Roasted chicken or turkey drippings
  • Pie and cookie dough
  • Sauces and gravy
  • Sauté oil and butter
  • BBQ’d steak juices remaining on the dinner plate

Wipe the above food remains from the plate or pan and into the can.

Grease: Put a Lid on It

Recycle Turkey Fryer Oil

Many residents fry their turkeys. After the Big Day, what are you supposed to do with all the used oil? Here is the environmentally sound solution: Residents may take up to 10 gallons to their local landfill’s household hazardous waste collection facility — FREE of charge. The oil is reused for animal feed, so do not mix with motor oil.

Monterey Regional Waste Management District
14201 Del Monte Blvd., Marina
Mon – Fri, 8 AM – 5 PM, Sat, 8 AM – 4:30 PM

Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority
139 Sun St., Salinas
Mon - Sat, 9 AM – 4 PM

Don't Flush Clog-forming Items

Many items labeled "flushable" are not! Dispose of the following items in the garbage, not in the sewer.

  • Some items labeled 'flushable' are not!Baby wipes
  • Diapers
  • Rags
  • Paper towels
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toilet cleaning scrubbers
  • Condoms
  • Food scraps — garbage disposals don’t remove grease. They add cloginducing solids to the sanitary sewer collection system. Dispose food scraps in the garbage.

Get Your Sewer Lateral Checked

Some cities offer assistance to replace private lateral lines so they are fully functional again and don’t pose a sewage spill threat.

Lateral line

Root clogPlant Trees Away from Your Sewer Lines

Tree roots can damage sewer pipes, obstruct the flow, and eventually cause blockage. Root damage can also let stormwater into pipes. During heavy rains, this extra water can overload the sewage system, causing it to overflow into waterways and the environment. If the problem occurs in your private sewer pipes, it is your responsibility to have it fixed.

Roots can damage sewer pipes


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