So if Mr. Smith lives in an apartment, he enjoys pan-frying a fish filet on weekends, and he just rinses out the pan in the sink when he is done - why should he care what ultimately happens to the grease? After all, it hasn’t clogged his sink. The plumbing in his building is working fine. He has never seen a mess, and it doesn’t cost him anything, right?
Wrong. In fact, according to a 2014 New York Times article, improperly disposed fat, oil & grease caused 62% of the 15,000 sewage back-up complaints that the city’s Environmental Protection Department logged last year. And this problem isn’t limited to New York City. Repair and remediation is costing communities across the country millions of dollars annually. Where is that money coming from?
Ultimately, it is coming from Mr. Smith, and me, and you, the taxpayer. Pouring grease down the drain costs us all money, and can also impact the quality of the water we all drink. There is a smarter solution!