Welcome and thank you for visiting our “Trash-the-Grease” Gallup website
Why is “Trash-the-Grease” in Gallup so important?
When Fats, Oils, and Grease (F.O.G.) flow down wastewater drains, it hardens and causes wastewater pipes to clog
under your home and under city streets. This can lead to a Wastewater Overflow where raw sewage actually backs up into your home, lawn, neighborhood and streets. Not only does this nasty, smelly, mess cause health issues, it can also run into a local arroyos or city streets. Fats, Oils and Grease (F.O.G.) includes:
- Butter or Margarine
- Cooking Oil
- Food Scraps
- Meat Fats
- Dressings & Sauces
- Batter & Icing
- Dairy Products
- Shortening or Lard
Mixing Fats, Oils, and Grease with soap and hot water DOES NOT keep it from hardening in drain pipes. F.O.G.
WILL EVENTUALLY CLOG YOUR PIPES OR CITY PIPES, causing a wastewater back-up and expensive repairs.
Commercial food preparation and clean-up can especially cause F.O.G. build-up in wastewater lines because of the
amount of grease used in cooking and other food prep work. Proactively prevent wastewater back-ups by having
fat free drain pipes and properly maintain grease traps in many cases once a week, per manufacturer’s instructions.
Important! When wastewater pipes clog which is located on private property and back-up, the homeowner or
business owner is responsible for any needed cleanup, including that of neighbors who are also affected.
How to keep our wastewater pipes flowing Fat Free?
- Scrape food scraps from dishes into the trash.
- Pour warm grease into an empty can or glass container and seal it before placing it in the trash.
- Use rubber scrapers and paper towels to remove oil and grease from cookware.
- Wipe pans with paper towels
- Place the Grease container and used paper towels into the trash
- Put baskets or strainers in sinks to catch food scraps and empty into the trash.
- Avoid using a garbage disposal as a grease disposal – small food and grease particles can become trapped and cause clogs.
Learn what you can do to help, visit these Fats, Oils, and Grease training VIDEO links and pamphlets:
Featured - Photo courtesy of Cheshire Career Center TV and Film program at Keene, (NH) High School. The City of Keene, NH, worked with high school student to create a music video advising against flushing wipes, rags, towels, fats, oils, and grease; and other items that can clog the pipes,” leading to “overflowing toilets on a Saturday night.” The video draws attention to misleading product labeling for items that should not be discarded down the toilet.
& Utilities for creating these videos, flyers and picts.
To learn more, visit the City of Gallup F.O.G. Ordinance C2013-9
How else can we prevent CLOGGED Wastewater Pipes?
Did You Know?
The City of Gallup pulls over 1,000 gallons of wipes, rags and clogging trash out of the Waste Water Treatment Plant each month.
WIPES - Please do not throw household cleaning products into drains or toilets. Many wipes that are labeled as “Disposable” or “Flushable” do not break down in the city wastewater system. They only build up and cause drain pipe clogs, and should Not be Flushed down the toilet. Please dispose of these in the Trash:
- Mop refills
- Paper Towels
- Feminine Products
- Dental Floss
We need to save ourselves and our wastewater utility from drain back-ups – Put wipes, rags and towels In the TRASH,
Not in the toilet. And remember to pour grease into an empty can or glass container, seal it and dispose of in the trash.
Please help us spread the word to family, friends and neighbors how to keep pipes Fat Free and “Trash-the-Grease” including wipes and rags to protect our critical pipes and keep our 152 miles of wastewater pipes flowing freely.