Proper Grease (FOG) Disposal

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The City of Mesquite asks residents to keep leftover grease and food scraps out of the drain. Fats, oils and grease (FOG), the residue left over from cooking meats that hardens after it cools, can cause problems when poured down the drain and clog pipes in your home.

Prevent Clogs & Backups

 FOG and debris poured down drains can build up in drain lines and cause backups in both private and the city maintained sewer system. You can avoid expensive plumbing repairs and damage to the sewer system by following a few simple rules:
  • Before washing, scrape or wipe cooled grease or fat from all dishware and cookware and put in the trash.
  • Avoid using the garbage disposal. Putting food scrapes down the drain or disposal can clog your pipes faster.
  • Small amounts of grease, such as meat drippings, can be soaked up with a paper towel and put in to the trash. Or, pour or scrape grease into a sturdy closed-lid container, like a coffee can, and dispose of it in the trash
  • For large amounts of cooking oil, do NOT place in trash.  You may recycle cooking oil at the Dallas County Household Hazardous Waste Facility located at 11234 Plano Road, Dallas, TX or drop off from Nov. 14-Jan. 9, 2022 at the City of Mesquite Convenience Center located at 3550 Lawson Road.  Click here for Holiday Grease Roundup flyer.  Or you may call the City of Mesquite Solid Waste Division for pick-up at 972-216-6285.

2022 Holiday Grease Roundup

The Defend Your Drains North Texas campaign is a regional educational effort that encourages residents to properly dispose of items that can harm a home's plumbing system, the regions's wastewater treatment systems and water quality. It is supported by the Wastewater And Treatment Education Roundtable (WATER), a partnership between the North Central Texas Council of Governments, municipaltities and water utilities in the North Texas region.