Utility Helps Customers to 'Cease the Grease' This Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving around the corner, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority is giving away thousands of fat-trapping can lids to help prevent the build up of FOG.

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With Thanksgiving fast approaching, Cape Fear (North Carolina) Public Utility Authority is being proactive in reminding its customers to “cease the grease” both this Turkey Day and throughout the rest of the holiday season.

To help with that effort, CFPUA is giving away 15,000 more “Cease the Grease” lids over the coming weeks at its customer service offices located Wilmington.

“The “Cease the Grease” lid campaign is another example of how a simple idea can make a big difference,” says Jim Flechtner, CFPUA executive director. “Together with our customers, we have been able to positively impact our environment by working to keep spill-causing grease out of our pipes.”

The hardening of fats, oils, and grease, also known as FOG, is the number one cause of pipe blockages that result in sewer spills. This latest batch of lids adds to the 30,000 already given away by CFPUA since 2014 as part of its “Cease the Grease” campaign.

Just one use of a can lid keeps an average of 10 ounces of grease out of system. CFPUA claims. If you count just one use for each lid (they are reusable) the free lids have kept at least 300,000 ounces of FOG out of the sewer system since 2014.

The lid is a simple one and is designed to fit a variety of cans — vegetable, tuna fish, dog food, soup ... you name it. It allows customers to simply pour their fats, oils or grease into a can and seal it until it cools and hardens. Once the can fills up with FOG, customers can simply throw it away and keep the lid for the next can.

The lid program is just one of the impactful programs developed and managed by CFPUA’s Community Compliance division. The division is also responsible for working with restaurants in CFPUA’s service area to ensure they are doing their part to keep fats, oils, and grease out of the sewer system.

When compared to the last five years before CFPUA was formed, the agency has cut down the number of sewer spills by 52 percent and the volume coming from those spills by 77 percent over the same time period.

Does your municipality have a similar public awareness campaign related to the fight against FOG? We'd love to hear about it. Send your comments to luke.lenoble@colepublishing.com.

Source: CFPUA


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