‘Holiday Fats, Oils and Grease Clog Drains’: City of Arcata

This is a press release from the City of Arcata:

City of ArcataThe Environmental Services Department encourages residents to properly dispose of cooking grease this holiday season and all year long. 

Many people celebrate the holidays by preparing traditional feasts including turkey, ham, gravy, stuffing and desserts. As delicious as these foods may be, they are typically prepared with fats, oils, butter and grease which can wreak havoc on drains and the City’s wastewater system if not disposed of properly. When residents pour fats, oils or grease down a sink or toilet, it increases the chance of clogged drains resulting in costly plumbing problems or sanitary sewer overflows. Sanitary sewer overflows are a public health concern and can cause serious environmental issues. 

The Environmental Services Department has some helpful tips for all community members to help avoid clogging sewer drains with fats, oils and grease: 

  • Avoid pouring cooking grease or oil down the sink or toilet.
  • Do not dispose of food through the garbage disposal.
  • Wipe greasy dishes and pots with a paper towel or napkin to absorb cooking oil before
    washing them in the sink.
  • Scrape vegetable scraps from dishes for composting and scrape greasy food residue into
    the garbage prior to washing dishes. Outdoor compost bins can be purchased from the City of Arcata’s Environmental Services Department for $35. Residents can also utilize a local compost company such as The Local Worm Guy or Full Cycle Compost. Visit cityofarcata.org/294/Composting-Green-Waste-Resources or call (707) 822-8184 for more information.
  • Cooled and solidified cooking grease or oil should be placed in a sealed container and then put in a solid waste garbage bin. Alternatively, pour fats and oils into cat litter until it is absorbed and dispose the litter into the trash.

To report sanitary sewer overflows and for more information regarding fat, oil and grease disposal and proper disposal of Household Hazardous Waste, please call the Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184 or email [email protected].

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Anon
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Anon
7 months ago

“Do not dispose of food through the garbage disposal.”

It’s as if they don’t read their own press releases first.

Bug on a Windshield
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Bug on a Windshield
7 months ago
Reply to  Anon

My first thought as well. What fool does this anyway? The garbage disposal is clearly for GARBAGE, people, NOT FOOD.

Anon
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Anon
7 months ago

Lol

Espino
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Espino
7 months ago

Environmental Services desperately mining for something to justify their existence.

D'Tucker Jebs
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7 months ago
Reply to  Espino

This article addresses a real issue.
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/12/550465000/behold-the-fatberg-london-s-130-ton-rock-solid-sewer-blockage
It is sad, though, that people still need to be reminded to use common sense.

Last edited 7 months ago
Mr. Clark
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Mr. Clark
7 months ago
Reply to  D'Tucker Jebs

Some people vted for Biden on purpose.

Becky
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Becky
7 months ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

Really. It’s an article about cooking grease. How is your comment relevant?

D'Tucker Jebs
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7 months ago
Reply to  Mr. Clark

Wrong section.
Jail Reports is two doors down.

Al L Ivesmatr
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Al L Ivesmatr
7 months ago
Reply to  D'Tucker Jebs

I agree. How could some humans think windmills located on the Pacific Flyway off our pristine coast are good for birds and whales? I guess they believe that sacrificing 100s of thousands of birds per year for a seagull omelette while killing sentient cetaceans like humpbacks and others is worth powering SF, LA, and Sacramento. This, while the north coast continues to bleed productive individuals for the raging grannies from Santa Barbara types who gobble up coastal houses as second and third vacation homes they rarely visit. Thanks alot common sense leftists. PS, this article is about common sense as you stated.

D'Tucker Jebs
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7 months ago
Reply to  Al L Ivesmatr

Wrong section for this also. Jail Reports if for all topics unrelated to the headline. Why don’t you bring your musings over there? Don’t forget to attach a link to something fact-based that supports your claim. You keep forgetting to do that.

Al L Ivesmatr
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Al L Ivesmatr
7 months ago
Reply to  D'Tucker Jebs

Nah, the comment section isn’t for links, it’s for individual viewpoints. Not sorry that free speech gets in the way. More importantly, when commentators talk about common sense no no no s like pouring lard down drainpipes, that is a clear opening for banning human caused windmill industrial complexes which have 1 trillion more times impact on our pristine ocean right off our coast. The lard, grease and tofu masses end up in the same place, the ocean. and they are directly related. It’s really simple to see, downstream. Surfrider and Arcata failed to see the big picture. Old creatures traverse the blue. Generations of knowledge. A loss not acceptable 4 human musings.

treeman53
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treeman53
7 months ago

Does great on my burn pile. Lol

justsayin
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justsayin
7 months ago

Wow! This matters.