Can the Grease

Grease Control Program

Can the Grease is a public outreach program conducted by WSFC Utilities to decrease the amount of fats, oils and grease causing blockages and overflows in the sanitary sewer system. Grease causes frequent blockages in sewer pipes resulting in sanitary sewer overflows (SSO). An SSO is when untreated sewage is released into the environment before reaching the wastewater treatment plant. 

Grease causes approximately 20% of all WSFC Utilities SSOs due to the discharge of fats, oils and grease by residents and businesses. Wastewater backs-up in pipes and can flow out manholes. Untreated sewage can flow into storm drain inlets, creeks, lakes or rivers. 

Most overflows, being relatively small, can be stopped and cleaned up quickly. If not addressed, SSOs can result in property damage, strong odors, environmental, health, and safety problems.

Report an SSO by calling City Link 311. Emergency crews are on call 24 hours a day.

Our goal is to take a proactive approach of pollution prevention focusing on proper disposal of fats, oils and grease, thus protecting the environment and decreasing sewer maintenance costs. The Grease Control Program identifies residential areas and businesses that have a high incidence of grease-related SSOs. The program also provides educational tools and information to help alleviate frequent and repetitive SSOs.

Do your part and Can the Grease!

Proper Grease Disposal

Pour used cooking grease in a can or jar and dispose of properly.

  • Pour or scrape grease from pots and pans into a can or jar. Store this in the refrigerator until it is full. When the grease is chilled solid, throw it in the garbage.
  • Pour used liquid frying oil into containers that can be capped and then thrown in the garbage.

Can the Grease 2019