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Posted on: December 23, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Your kitchen disposal is not a chipper.

Keeping hard-to-dispose-of wastes out of the drain lines is key to maintaining an efficient system. Here are some tips for keeping Cranberry’s wastewater system, as well as your own home’s plumbing, intact and problem-free:

Never pour fats or cooking oils down the drain. They solidify in pipes. Instead, wipe grease from pots with paper towels, and throw in trash. For larger amounts, allow grease to cool before collecting it in a can or jar. Then toss it with the trash.

Grease is found in gravy, cooking oils, shortening, sauces, dairy products, poultry skins, butter, dressings, frosting, among other foods. Treat it all like ordinary trash.

Avoid putting stringy, fibrous or starchy waste in the garbage disposal. Poultry skins, celery, fruit and potato peels, for example, cannot be sufficiently broken down.

Never flush baby wipes, cotton balls, swabs, hair, or facial scrub pads down a toilet. They don’t dissolve and will cause clogs – even those labeled ‘flushable’.

For more information, contact our Pretreatment Coordinator, at 724-776-4806 x1513 or by email, Rhonda.Zelhart@cranberrytownship.org.

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