WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has a new plan to help keep fats, oils and grease out of pipes and the sewer system.
CFPUA now has more than 5,000 blue, plastic lids to make grease storage a little easier.
Instead of pouring fats, oils and grease down the drain after cooking, pour the substance into a can and seal it with one of these lids until it cools and hardens.
Once the can fills up, simply throw it away. Be sure to keep the lid to use for the next can.
Pouring fats, oils and grease down the drain is a common mistake, but when it cools and hardens it blocks pipes and the sewer system. According to CFPUA, this is the number one cause of sewer blockages that cause spills into the environment.
The can lid is designed to fit a variety of cans – vegetable, tuna fish, dog food, soup, you name it.
"Sometimes the simplest ideas can have the greatest impact," said Jim Flechtner, CFPUA Executive Director. "When clogs occur, they not only cause a tremendous inconvenience for our customers but also have a negative impact on our environment. By using the lids to collect fats, oils and grease, thousands of our customers can safely and easily help us take care of our sewer system."
CFPUA's customers can pick up the lids at the Authority's Customer Service offices: 235 Government Center Drive and 305 Chestnut Street in Wilmington.
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