Pilot grease campaign launches in RichmondPilot grease campaign launches in Richmond<div class="ExternalClass4B6F88667B014432B353618DDEF1A27D"><p>​Metro Vancouver is working with the City of Richmond on a pilot campaign to reduce grease in the sewer system. When grease goes down drains it hardens and can clog sewers, causing sewage to overflow into the environment and people’s basements. It’s not great for the pipes in your home either. </p><p>Grease is an ongoing issue and has contributed to expensive repairs of municipal and regional sewer lines, including the current project to twin the regional sewer along Gilbert Trunk Rd. Every year it costs taxpayers over $2 million to deal with the impacts of grease in our pipes. Grease includes all kinds of fats and oils, like salad dressing, butter, cooking oils and leftover fats from cooking. </p><p>The pilot campaign will launch on October 3rd and will remind residents to put grease in their green bin, not down the drain. The pilot campaign will include advertising, in-person outreach and pot scraper giveaways, and tours of the Lulu Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in Richmond. Tools are also being developed for the restaurant sector. As part of the pilot project, the City of Richmond will be measuring grease buildup in four areas of the city to monitor any changes over time. </p><p>Avoid a potentially hefty plumbing bill for you and our sewer system: Wipe it, Green Bin it. </p><p>For more information visit <a href="/grease" target="_blank">here</a>, or watch a great little video <a href="/media-room/video-gallery/public-service-announcements/219038353" target="_blank">here</a>. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue24-greasebanner.jpg2016-09-27T07:00:00ZGP0|#e2b01bb7-c847-4927-b23d-b35b5af84a41;L0|#0e2b01bb7-c847-4927-b23d-b35b5af84a41|Issue 24;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassC1513893276148B28DC489EDCF313B90"><p>​Cooking with fats, oils and grease? In the drain grease hardens and can clog sewers, and cause overflows. The best choice to cleaning up is to Wipe it, Green Bin it.</p></div>0