Multi-family / Apartments,
Food Service Establishments, and
Save Money At the Sink
What you pour down your sink may be costing you money. Did you know that fatty, oily, and greasy foods clog your plumbing? Clogs cause Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO), spilling raw sewage into a street, a stream or even your own home. Clogs can cost hundreds of dollars to fix and thousands of dollars if the clog causes wastewater to spill out and damage bathrooms and floors.
Spills also affect your water bill. The City of Charlotte responds to more than 100 spills a year caused by leftover food clogging sewer pipes. The City inspects and clears sewer pipes to prevent spills and everyone can help by changing what we put down the drain.
· Toss leftover foods, like table scraps, in the trash.
· Collect leftover or expired oils (salad dressing, cooking oils, fryers) and grease in containers and take to recycling center or absorb liquids with coffee grounds, cat litter or paper towels and toss in trash or freeze grease before tossing in trash.
· Take leftover cleaning supplies to a Mecklenburg County Recycling Center.
The same goes for our toilets. If you flush items down the toilet that don’t belong there, you are inviting clogs. Even products labeled as “flushable” do not decompose in the sewer system and can contribute to clogging.
· Toss in trash: paper towels, wipes, hair, cotton swabs, feminine products, and dental floss
· Toss in toilet: only toilet paper