City of Irving News

Posted on: March 11, 2018

Avoid Sewer Overflows with Proper Grease and Oil Disposal


The majority of sanitary sewer overflows are due to grease buildup from homes and apartments. Help prevent costly sewer overflows by following a few simple steps.


  • Put oil and grease in collection containers; wipe oil and grease from kitchen utensils, equipment, food scrapers and brooms. 
  • Keep grease out of wash water; place food scraps in the trash. 
  • Flush only toilet paper and human waste down toilet. 
  • Dispose of towels, diapers, all wipes and cleaning cloths, and feminine products in the trash. 
  • Recycle used oil through the city’s Special Waste collection program. For more information, call (972) 721-8059.


  • Pour oil or grease down drains; always place used oil in a container and dispose of it in the trash. 
  • Use hot water to rinse grease from any surface. 
  • Allow food scraps down the drain. 
  • Flush disposable or “flushable” cleaning cloths, wipes, diapers, feminine products or paper towels down the toilet.

For more information, visit the Water Utilities Household Waste page or call (972) 721-2281.

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