Here are some actions residents can easily implement to help protect the environment and reduce the demands on our municipal pollution control facilities.
Whether you live in an area serviced by a Sewer System or have an on-site Septic Field, please follow these SEWER SMART guidelines:
Sewer System Stewardship For Restaurants And Food Processing Industry
Fats, Oil, and Grease (FOG)
Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) can cause serious problems for sewer collection systems. FOG can cause blockages in internal drains and in municipal sewage collection systems.Where does FOG come from?
FOG (Fats, Oil, and Grease) are a natural consequence of cooking and also occur naturally in many foods. FOG can be found in such things as:What are the consequences?
- Meat fats
- Cooking Oil
- Butter and margarine
- Food scraps
- Baking goods
Fats, oil and grease are frequently poured down the sink because the warm fats and vegetable oils are lipid and can be poured. It may not appear harmful but as the liquid cools, the grease solidifies and causes build-up inside pipes; becoming a hardened mass. This build-up restricts the flow of wastewater and clogs pipes.What can I do?
The easiest thing you can do is keep grease out of the sewer system by following these guidelines:Click Here to view our Food Services Sewer Discharge Requirements brochure.
- Never pour grease down the sink drain or into the toilet. Allow grease to solidify in a container and, once hardened, dispose of it in your compost bin.
- Scrape grease and food scraps into your compost bin for disposal.
- Do not put grease down garburators for disposal. These units only shred solid material into smaller pieces and do not prevent grease from blocking pipes or contaminating wastewater.
- Use a strainer in the sink to catch food scraps and other solids.
- Speak with friends and neighbours about the problem of grease in the sewer system and how to keep it out.
WHERE CAN YOU DISPOSE OF HAZARDOUS WASTES?
Contact the Liquid Waste Department
Nanaimo Area: (250) 390-6560
Parksville/Qualicum Beach Area: (250) 954-3792
Toll Free in BC: 1-877-607-4111