Thanksgiving waste doesn't go down the drain, Edmond city officials warn

Edmond officials are asking people not to put extra oils, fats and grease down the drain because that could cause problems like sewage backups and overflows into homes.
by Diana Baldwin Published: November 17, 2012

There is no way to pinpoint where the problem originates in residential neighborhoods. Stewart said that is why city officials try to educate residents about the problem of pouring oils, fats and grease down the drain.

City officials have created an educational program to show homeowners how to dispose of cooking waste.

The program is called FOG, which stands for fats, oils and grease. City officials want people to put the cooking waste in a tin can, freeze it and then throw it in the trash.

Residents can obtain a special lid and information by calling 216-7770.

The source of clogged sewer lines can be detected in commercial areas.

Edmond businesses can face penalties for stopping up a sewer line. The owner can face a $250 fine, a higher water bill or be forced to pay for repairs caused from the sewer backup and overflow.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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