PALMDALE – The city of Palmdale is reminding residents to keep FOG —Fats, Oils and Grease— out of household sinks and drains this Thanksgiving.
“Around Thanksgiving and Christmas we are sometimes faced with sewer blockages due to the build-up of fats, oils and grease – which include cooking oils, salad dressings, sandwich spreads, meat drippings, meat juices, and meat fat and other similar products — that are dumped down the sink,” said Palmdale’s Collection System Manager Tim Carney. “Deep-frying a turkey is very popular but many people do not know the proper procedure to dispose of the used cooking oil. This used cooking oil can be disposed at the Antelope Valley Environmental Collection Center (AVECC) on the first and third Saturday of every month.”
“Over time, when people dump FOG items down the sink, it results in sewer backups that can overflow onto the streets and even into the home, which can damage both property and the environment,” Carney added.
The city of Palmdale recommends the following in regards to handling FOG materials:
- Never pour fats, oils and grease down the sink or garbage disposal.
- Pour fats, oils and grease after they have cooled into a sturdy container, such as an empty glass jar or coffee can. Once the container is full, close the lid securely and place it in the trash.
- Prior to washing, scrape and dry wipe pots, pans and dishes with paper towels and dispose of those materials in the trash.
- Use sink strainers to catch food items, and empty the strainer into the trash.
- To recycle large amounts of leftover from deep-frying a turkey, contact the Antelope Valley Environmental Collection Center (AVECC) at 1-888-CLEAN LA (1-888-449-7587).
- For businesses or households with larger volumes of FOG, contact 661-267-5272 for recycling options.
“By helping to prevent sewer blockages, you are helping your home, your pocketbook, and the environment,” said Carney. “It is important to remember that each household in our city plays an important role in preventing neighborhood sewer blockages.”
For more information about Palmdale’s FOG prevention program, call 661-267-5300.
[Information via news release from the city of Palmdale.]
10 comments for "Palmdale reminds residents to keep Thanksgiving FOG free"
Ignorant politicians says
our damn politicians need to quit telling people what to do
Tim Scott says
So get your own septic tank and disconnect from the community sewers. That way you could just shrug and say “they aren’t talking to me.”
But since you most likely aren’t going to do that, and people who actually pay attention to what is going on around Palmdale know that the sewers are a silently looming infrastructure crisis, your comment makes it look like you are the ignorant one. For the record, this warning about what not to put down the sink came from the workers who have to deal with it, not from politicians.
You said what I was thinking.
Just GenAdvice says
Your a pathetic individual
I heard that a little bit of bacon grease goes well with Bloody Marys. Can anyone vouch for that?
Why don’t you try it, and tell us what you think.
I won’t text while buzzing. So I guess you’ll here back in a few days. My vague point was that the grease could always be used for something other than clogging drains.
It wasn’t bad. The vodka breaks up the slight amount of grease added to it, adding a different type of flavor to the mixture. Dont forget the lime. Hey Alexis, waaazzzuuuuuuuuuuup!!!
Tequila with grease is more to my liking, and of course lime and salt for added flavor.
Tim Scott says
If by “a little bit of bacon grease” you mean the little bit that is clinging to the bacon, then no doubt it goes well. Bacon makes EVERYTHING better.