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Turkey Day is just around the corner and Rancho Murieta Community Services District encourages you to keep your sink fat-free this holiday season.

Throughout the year, especially during the holidays, people pour the by-products of cooking down the sink drain. Fats, oils and grease (F.O.G.) can coat and clog pipes which can cause sewer lines to back up into homes. That could mean costly clean-up and repair costs.

F.O.G. can also cause blockages further down sewer lines. And that can result in overflows or sewage back-ups into yards or streets, creating a public health risk.   

Oil making its way to wastewater treatment plants can disrupt the treatment process and increase the need for maintenance.

To prevent these problems, the District encourages you to dispose of your leftover F.O.G. properly. Here are some suggestions that many of your neighbors may already be following:

·  Do not put fats, oil, grease or greasy food down the garbage disposal.

·  Place small amounts of fat, oil, and grease in a brown paper bag and dispose of it in your organic waste container.

·   Turkey fryers leave a large amount of oil. Rancho Murieta residents can call Cal-Waste Customer Service (916-354-4154) to request a 1-gallon container for disposal of used cooking oil, and separately, used motor oil.  Cooking oil and motor oil cannot be collected in the same container.  (In the instance that a resident would like a container for both cooking oil and motor oil, they would receive two containers.)  The container will be dropped off on the day of waste collection.  Residents can then fill the container at their leisure and set at the curb when the container is full on their next collection day.

·   If you are soaking a greasy pan, first pour off grease into a container. Then place paper towels over the drain basket to catch grease and food as you pour the soaking water down the drain.