Fats, oils and grease often accumulate in plumbing and drainage systems. They are a common cause of sewer system backups and overflows.
Sewer overflows can threaten public health and the environment. The state may fine municipalities up to $10,000 if grease is a contributing cause.
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Tips for Residents
Many sewer backups occur between the home and the Town's sewer main. You can prevent costly and unsanitary overflows.
What To Do
- Dispose of diapers and personal hygiene products in a bathroom wastebasket rather than flushing down the toilet.
- Place food scraps in waste containers or garbage bags or start a compost pile.
- Scrape excess grease from containers and place in the garbage.
- Scrape utensils before washing.
- Promote the 3 R's: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
What Not to Do
- Don't pour grease, fats and oils from cooking down the drain.
- Don't use the sewer as a means of disposing food scraps.
- Don't use the toilet as a wastebasket.
- Don't put "flushable" wipes in the toilet. They're not so flushable and can clog pipes.
Motor oil recycling centers are available throughout the Town. Check with your local service station or auto parts store.