Utility authority to give away 15K lids in ‘cease the grease’ campaign

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CFPUA will be giving out 15,000 of these blue lids, designed to keep fats, oils and grease out of pipes. Photo courtesy CFPUA.
CFPUA will be giving out 15,000 of these blue lids, designed to keep fats, oils and grease out of pipes. Photo courtesy CFPUA.

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) has announced the latest round in its campaign to keep fats, oils and grease out of customers’ pipes and CFPUA’s sewer system.

Starting next week, 15,000 blue, plastic can lids will be available to CFPUA’s customers at the Authority’s Customer Service offices: 235 Government Center Drive and 305 Chestnut St., Wilmington.

“The common mistake we all make with fats, oils and grease is that we pour them down the drain after we’re done cooking, believing the fats, oils and grease will stay liquid as it moves through our sewer pipes,” CFPUA Spokesman Mike McGill said in a press release. “The problem is that fats, oils and grease eventually cool and harden, blocking our customers’ pipes and CFPUA’s sewer system.”

Fats, oils and grease entering the system from customers’ homes is the No. 1 cause of sewer blockages that cause spills into the environment, McGill said.

The can lid is a simple one, designed to fit a variety of cans–vegetable, tuna fish, dog food, soup. It allows customers to simply pour their fats, oils or grease into a can and seal it until it cools and hardens. Once the can fills up, customers can simply throw it away and keep the lid for a new can.

The lid launch builds upon the success of CFPUA’s initial “Cease the Grease” lid campaign, which handed out more than 15,000 lids to customers last year. Even if they were just used once, the lids kept an estimated more than 150,000 ounces of fats, oils and grease out of our customers’ pipes and the CFPUA sewer system.

“Sometimes the simplest ideas can have the greatest impact,” CFPUA Executive Director Jim Flechtner said. “When clogs occur, they not only cause a tremendous inconvenience for our customers but also have a negative impact on our environment. By using the lids to collect fats, oils and grease, thousands of our customers can safely and easily help us take care of our sewer system.”

For more information about CFPUA’s program and its other efforts to keep the sewer system safe and reliable, please contact CFPUA’s Community Compliance division at 332-6558 or contact McGill at 332-6704.