Properly disposing of fats, oils and greases

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. The City of Scottsbluff Wastewater Department is providing tips to prevent fats, oils and greases from making its way to the city sewer.

Let the grease cool and solidify. Then scrape the grease into a container to be thrown away. Lastly, place it in a plastic bag and throw it into the garbage. Never put it down the drain. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

On scene, they are providing a presentation with a camera, jet truck and two major tools for the trade.

This workshop is used to help homeowners, restaurants and auto shops deal with these issues.

First, let the oil or grease cool and solidify.

Once it is cool and solidified, scrape the grease into a container that can be thrown away.

Lastly, when the container is full, place it into a plastic bag to prevent leakage and throw it in the garbage.

You never ever want to put grease down the drain.

“Do not do that,” said Eddie Shaplend, Maintenance Worker. “It may be hot right there in your drain but once it gets out to the cold pipes underground, it will start to harden up fast and start coagulating. Grease can turn into concrete like material very quickly.”

The hardened material blocks pipes causing a fatburg which is a big blockage.

Also prevent putting paper towels and too much toilet paper down the drains.