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4th Annual North Texas Holiday Grease Roundup!

Cease the Grease Collection Event Nov. 28-Jan. 9

Instead of washing your grease down the drain, participate in the 2017 Holiday Grease Roundup and recycle it for free instead!
The 2017 Holiday Grease Roundup kicks off Monday, Nov. 27, and ends Monday, Jan. 8.

Several municipalities (the Cities of Cedar Hill, Garland, Lewisville, Little Elm, Mansfield, and Red Oak) are partnering with the North Texas Municipal Water District, the North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Wastewater And Treatment Education Roundtable to help protect sewer systems and the environment by either providing additional drop-off locations or highlighting their existing services. Find out more about the 2017 Holiday Grease Roundup, including cooking oil and grease drop-off locations >>>


Cease the Grease!

The Problem

Grease clogged pipeFats, oils, and grease (FOG) come from meats, butters and margarine, lard, food scraps, sauces, salad dressings, dairy products, and cooking oil. When FOG goes down the drain, it hardens and causes sewer pipes to clog. This can lead to a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) where raw sewage actually backs up into your home, lawn, neighborhood, and streets. Not only does this nasty mess cause health issues, it also can run into a nearby stream or river, which affects our drinking water. If your pipes become clogged from putting FOG down the drain, it can be very expensive problem to fix. To avoid household and environmental damage as well as a costly bill, NEVER put FOG down the drain!

don't pour grease from frying turkeys down the drain 


How to Properly Dispose of Fats, Oils, and Grease

Pour grease into a resealable containerWhen you have finished cooking, collect liquid grease and oils in a sealable container that you can take to your local drop-off location to be recycled. Many of these locations will provide you with a new container you can use. [Find Locations] For the grease that cannot be poured into the container, you should wipe pans clean with a paper towel and put it in the trash. Food scraps should also go in the trash. Scrape off excess food from pots, pans, and plates before rinsing them in the sink with cold water.

Do put oil and grease in covered collection containers.
Do scrape food scraps from dishes into trash cans and garbage bags and dispose of properly. Avoid using the garbage disposal.
Do remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers, and griddles. Cool first before you skim, scrape, or wipe off excess grease.
Don't pour oil and grease down the drain.
Don't put food scraps down the drain.
Don't rinse off oil and grease with hot water.

wipe grease off of pans before rinsing with cold water 

Grease Interceptor Guide

All food service establishments (FSEs) must have a grease trap or grease interceptor to prevent fats, oils, and grease from going down the drain and entering the city's sanitary sewer system. We have created a comprehensive guide for restaurants in the North Texas region, giving information about how grease interceptors work, best management practices to maintain and extend the life of your grease trap, and specifics about your city's local ordinances regarding grease interceptors. more...

Check out our 2015 city-by-city guide to grease interceptors!

About the Wastewater And Treatment Education Roundtable

The Wastewater And Treatment Education Roundtable (WATER), formerly known as the North Texas Grease Abatement Council, is an educational partnership between the North Central Texas Council of Governments, municipalities, and water utilities in the North Texas region. A main mission of WATER is to educate the public about the proper disposal of wipes; fats, oils, and grease (FOG); medicines; and other products that can cause property damage, health hazards, and environmental problems. For more information about WATER and upcoming meetings, click here.

WATER members also support the Defend Your Drains North Texas campaign. Visit to learn more.