Grease clogs costing $2 million annuallyGrease clogs costing $2 million annually<div class="ExternalClass6C176478849D4ACB83EFF0B7CF77D3FD"><p>Metro Vancouver and many of its municipalities have an ongoing problem from cooking grease (fats and oils) being put down the drain. This is the grease left in the pan after you've fried up a pound of bacon on Sunday morning. Or less obvious, the cumulative effect of all of us rinsing our dinner plates and sending a bit of grease down the drain each time. </p><p>Grease hardens in drains and sewers, resulting in clogs. If the clogs get bad enough, sewers get blockages and they spill into the environment. Metro Vancouver and member municipalities spend an estimated $2 million every year to deal with this problem. How else could that money be better spent in our communities? And how can we keep that grease out? </p><p>Metro Vancouver is developing outreach campaigns for both residents and restaurants to encourage better practise on disposal of grease. </p><p>What can you do now? Keep grease out of the drain. Wipe up small amount of grease with a paper towel or newspaper and put it in your green bin if your food scraps program accepts grease. Many municipal programs do. If not, pour grease into a container, let it harden and put it in the garbage.</p><p>Grease, food, paint, wipes and other objects cause problems in our sewer system, and do not belong in the drain. Find more information for <a href="/grease" target="_blank">residents here</a>, and for <a href="/services/Permits-regulations-enforcement/liquid-waste/grease-interceptor-regulatory-program/information/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">restaurants here</a>.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue14-greasebanner.jpg2015-10-30T07:00:00ZGP0|#9ce34380-a759-4725-91fd-ec3f80a85606;L0|#09ce34380-a759-4725-91fd-ec3f80a85606|Issue 14;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass92A2C561DBDB43A9952F97C3DBD05B06"><p>Grease, food, paint, wipes and other objects cause problems in our sewer system, and do not belong in the drain. Cooking grease hardens in drains and sewers, resulting in clogs, which can cause sewers to spill into the environment. Find out what to do with your cooking grease here.</p></div>0