Public Information & Communications
For Release: Nov. 8, 2011
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Public Information & Communications Specialist
Just like melted butter, cooking grease eventually solidifies in the sewer system. Oil and grease rinsed down the plumbing system can congeal and block pipes, potentially leading to a holiday visit from the plumber.
Don’t let the “Grease Grinch” spoil your holiday fun. While the idea of disposing of gallons of fryer oil may seem overwhelming, the City of Mesa is offering free recycling of it at one of these fire stations between Nov. 14, 2011 and Jan. 13, 2012:
· Fire Station 204 1426 S. Extension
· Fire Station 205 730 S. Greenfield
· Fire Station 209 7035 E. Southern
· Fire Station 212 2430 S. Ellsworth
· Fire Station 214 5950 E. Virginia
Once the fryer oil is collected, a recycler will turn the oil into biodiesel.
Because grease causes a majority of sanitary sewer blockages in houses, the following tips should be followed:
· Scrape food scraps, oil and grease from kitchen utensils and equipment into the trash before washing to help keep grease out of wash water.
· Use a paper towel to wipe up small amounts of cooking oil, such as meat drippings. Throw the paper towels in the trash.
· Never pour oil and grease down the drain, and avoid using hot water to wash the grease away.
For more information, visit www.mesaaz.gov/fire or contact City of Mesa Water Resources Industrial Pretreatment Supervisor David Gonzales at (480) 644-2484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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