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Posted on: February 27, 2019

Think Before You Flush

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The City of Summit Department of Community Services has created a flyer to help explain the impact of these items on the sanitary sewer system /DocumentCenter/View/3111


Products causing FOG include but are not limited to:

  • Cooking Oils (vegetable, olive, canola)
  • Dairy products (butter, cheese, milk)
  • Meat scraps, fats, and lard
  • Salad dressing
  • Peanut butter

These products go down the drain and form a residue that grows over time, causing: 

  • Environmentally harmful backups that flow into important water sources
  • Blocked or minimized sewer lines that causes overflows
  • Increased health risk and unpleasant odors
  • Higher sewer bills and maintenance costs

How to help:

  • Never pour hot grease down the drain
  • Freeze grease before disposing of it in the garbage
  • Dispose of grease and food scraps before rinsing pans and dishes

Every day, over four million gallons of wastewater is generated within the City of Summit. The Division of Public Works responds to approximately 30 sewer blockages annually, resulting in hundreds of staff-hours and resources utilized. Additionally, blockages accelerate the deterioration of sewer infrastructure. This can be directly attributed to the improper disposal of FOG and other items.

Baby and adult wipes do not break down in water or biodegrade. Wipes get stuck in pipes and create major clogs in sewer lines. Despite what the packaging says, wipes are not designed to be flushed and should be thrown away with household garbage. Please do not flush wipes down the toilet.

Following these simple steps with have a major, positive impact on Summit's sewer system.

Contact the City of Summit Engineering Division at 908-273-6404 or summitdcs@cityofsummit.org

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