You just enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner; now comes the annoying part with cleaning.
But before dumping the turkey grease down your drain, a local mayor wants to bring awareness that it could be damaging your piping system.
“A large part of it is residents not knowing what to do with their fats, their oils, and greases, and they end up putting it down their sinks and toilets and it causes a big problem.”
“It causes problems because it clogs up the pipes, causing us to spend almost $2-million annually to remove the grease from the sewer collection system.”
“It cools down pretty quickly in the pipes and it can be in your property, or it gets into the municipal system and once it cools it starts sticking to the sides of the pipes and it causes a big problem and it sticks to other products that get into the system. So much so that it can cause a complete blockage if not managed properly.”
North Vancouver city mayor and chair of the utilities committee Darrell Mussatto wants the public to enjoy their Thanksgiving, but enjoy it responsibly.
Dumping turkey grease, or any kind of grease for that matter, can damage piping systems by hardening and clogging in the water system.
He estimates $2-million dollars is spent every year unclogging hardened grease.
“First thing we ask people to do is wipe it and green bin it. Let it cool down, and wipe it with a paper towel and put it in a green bin. We can recycle that.”
If you don’t have a green bin program, simply dispose of hardened turkey grease in your garbage.