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North Carolina Utility Authority Launches Cease the Grease Campaign

Oil lickign from pipe
The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA), which serves the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County, NC, recently re-launched its ‘Cease the Grease’ campaign in an effort to keep grease, fats and oils out of its sewer system.

According to an April 6 Port City Daily article, the CFPUA will be handing out 15,000 plastic can lids to customers at its two customer service offices, located at 235 Government Center Drive and 305 Chestnut St., Wilmington.

Along with tree roots in sewer lines, grease, oils and fats produced during cooking are the most common causes of sewer line clogs and residential drainage problems. Many people mistakenly pour cooking grease down their kitchen sink, thinking the grease will stay in its liquid form; however, this grease eventually hardens and clings to other debris, creating a clog that often requires professional help to remove.

Rather than pour one’s cooking grease down the drain, it’s often suggested to pour the grease into an empty can, allow the grease to cool and harden, then throw the can in the trash once it’s full. The CFPUA’s plastic lids are intended to fit over cans used to hold this excess grease, preventing any spills.

CFPUA Spokesman Mike McGill said that if each of these 15,000 lids is used only once, they will keep more than 150,000 ounces of fats, oils and grease out of the local sewer system. These lids also help protect the environment by preventing sewage spills stemming from blockage, according to the Port City Daily.

“Sometimes the simplest ideas can have the greatest impact,” CFPUA Executive Director Jim Flechtner said.