Building Safety Month is an international campaign by the International Code Council that takes place in May to raise awareness about building safety.
The City of Bryan maintains 377 miles of sewer lines with more than 22,000 connections from residential homes within our sewer system. Wastewater from customers travels through the sanitary sewer system to the wastewater treatment plant where it is processed and returned to the environment. Fats and oils from cooking grease are major sources of stoppages within the sewer system because when poured down the drain, these items coat, congeal, and accumulate onto the sewer pipes – causing reduced flows and promoting backups.
Here are a few do’s and don’ts:
- Put oil and grease in covered collection containers.
- Scrape your food scraps from dishes into your trash cans and garbage bins. Avoid using your garbage disposal, when possible.
- Remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers and griddles. Cool the item first, then wipe off the excess grease.
- Prewash your dishes and pans with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher.
- Cover your kitchen sink with a catch basket, and empty it into the garbage can as needed.
- Run water over dishes, pans, fryers and griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain.
- Pour oil and grease down the drain.
- Put food scraps down the drain.
By working together to prevent clogging wastewater pipes, residents can benefit from:
- Reduced plumbing costs associated with clogs and stoppages in sewer lines.
- Reduction of unsightly sanitary sewer overflows attributed to fats, oils, and grease.
- Lower sewer rates by prolonging the life of the sanitary sewer by minimizing the need for pipe replacement and repair.
Do-It-Yourself Used Oil Recycling Center
City of Bryan residents can recycle used cooking grease at the Do-It-Yourself Used Oil Recycling Center, 1111 Waco St., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. The center will be closed on Nov. 26 and 27, 2020. We ask that you dispose of no more than 10 gallons of used oil or cooking grease per visit. And remember, when transporting used oil, please place it in a secure container that may be emptied and reused for future recycling.