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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         November 13, 2006





            In an effort to raise public awareness about how fat, oil and grease (FOG) can clog up Oahu’s wastewater collection system, the City Department of Environmental Services is conducting its annual Holiday FOG Outreach Campaign.

             City personnel will be giving out free oil change boxes with the purchase of your holiday turkey or cooking oil (2 gallons or more) at various Foodland, Safeway, Star and Times supermarket locations. 

            The idea is to get the public to dispose of waste cooking oil and grease in these boxes and dispose of them in the trash rather than pouring/washing it down the drain. It’s what’s called a “best management practice” that could help cut down on the number of wastewater spills on Oahu.  

             FOG is involved in several dozen wastewater spills on Oahu each year. Although the number has declined since new FOG program rules were implemented six years ago, there is still room for improvement.

            “We have an ongoing program to educate businesses, particularly restaurants,” said Eric Takamura, director of Environmental Services. “As we celebrate the holidays, a lot of fat, oil and grease waste is privately generated. We’re hoping to reach those people and get their kokua for the environment.”

            View the schedule of FOG Outreach visits, which begin on Wednesday, November 15.




      James Baginski, Regulatory Control Branch Chief, 692-5590

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

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