Don’t pour holiday grease down the drain

The holidays, with their fried turkeys, buttery foods and gravy, can be hard on the diet — and on pipes and sewer systems.

When fats, oils and grease are washed down the drain, they stick to the inside of pipes, hardening and building up until they cause clogs and sewer backups. This can cause sewage to overflow into homes, streets and waterways. Whether the repairs are in your home or in the street, it can be costly and inconvenient. If the sewer overflows, city crews have to shut down streets, tying up traffic and increasing expenses for both residents and the city.

So instead of washing your grease down the drain, take part in the 2017 Holiday Grease Roundup and recycle it for free. The Holiday Grease Roundup runs through Jan. 8.

In Fort Worth, take used grease to the Environmental Collection Center, 6400 Bridge St. The center is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Put your used cooking oil in a sealed plastic container with a screw-top lid (maybe even the same container the oil came in). Put used grease in a container with a plastic lid, like an old coffee can. You may want to transfer your containers in a cardboard box or plastic bag so you do not have to worry about any leaks.

Check out this video for some quick tips on how to easily transfer your used cooking oil.

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