Keeping household fats, oil, and grease (FOG) out of the kitchen sink helps to protect the integrity of the City’s vast sewer system, which includes over 1,000 miles of sewer main. When FOG enters pipes, it cools and forms blockages, which prevent wastewater from flowing efficiently. It builds up over time and collects other flushed debris. The clogs create backups and damage infrastructure, and ultimately, wastewater cannot be properly processed and treated to make reclaimed water, which is used for irrigation.
Properly dispose of FOG at the Keep Port St. Lucie Beautiful (KPSLB) Hazardous Household Waste Collection and Tire Amnesty Day at the Public Works Complex, located at 450 S.W. Thornhill Drive, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2021.
Since the partnership with Utility Systems and KPSLB began, 119 gallons, or 933 pounds, of used cooking oil has been collected and kept from entering the sewer system.
If you missed this event, you can still help protect our sewer system and the environment all-year round by properly disposing of your household FOG. You can wait for it to cool and scrape it out of the pan and into the trash, or pour it into a can or container to store it for future use. If you don't plan on using it, you can drop it off at the collection site located at the St. Lucie Solid Waste Bailing and Recycling Facility. These simple changes can make a huge impact.
For more information, contact:
Jenny Tomes, APR
Utility Marketing Coordinator