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    Can the Grease!

    Did you know that cooking oils, grease, and fats poured down the drain are the leading cause of sewer clogs in Lynchburg?
    When cooking oil and grease is poured down the kitchen sink, toilet, or any other household drain, it clings to the inside of pipes and, over time, completely clogs the pipes in your home and in our city sewers.  Clogged pipes block wastewater from moving freely through the pipes to our Wastewater Treatment Plant.  As a result, sewer backups, combined sewer overflows, and flooding occur—and no one wants that messy, unsanitary, and expensive situation in their building or backyard!

    What common ingredients clog the drain?

    • Butter
    • Cooking Oils
    • Grease & Lards
    • Margarine
    • Shortening
    • Salad Dressings
    • Mayonnaise
    • Alfredo Sauce

    So what can you do to help?

    Can the Grease!  DO NOT pour used cooking oil and grease down the drain!

    To properly dispose of used grease and cooking oil, first let the oil and grease cool down.  After it has cooled, pour it into a can or other container, seal it, and throw it away with your regular trash.
    Before washing the dishes, scrape off any leftover food into the trash, then use a dry paper towel to wipe off any grease or oil from pots and pans before washing them.
    If you are using a large quantity of grease or cooking oil, you can dispose of it at any time for free at the Lynchburg Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at 2301 Concord Turnpike. 

    Contact us at 434-455-6240 or FOG@lynchburgva.gov to learn more.