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 Cease the Grease
Keep Your Pipes Running Free!

Fats, oils and grease are NOT GOOD for you OR the sewer!  Therefore, please DO NOT pour cooking grease down the drain!

Grease and water DO NOT mix.  Pouring them down the drain can cause sewer backups in your home, business or farther down the line.

Grease, including fats and oils, is a common byproduct of frying and cooking when using vegetable oil, butter, margarine, lard and shortening.  Grease also includes animal fats from meat, baking goods, gravy sauces, mayonnaise, salad dressing and even dairy products.

Why is Grease a Problem?

  • It can cause raw sewage to overflow in your home, yard, streets, etc.
  • It can result in an expensive and unpleasant cleanup that often has to be paid by the homeowner.
  • It can result in potential contact with untreated sewage, which could lead to illness on environmental harm.

Overflowing Manhole

Garbage Disposals, Hot Water and Dish Detergents

  • Garbage disposals DO NOT prevent grease from building up in your plumbing system.  Garbage disposals only shred solid material into smaller pieces.
  • Hot water and dish detergents do not dissolve grease.  They may remove the grease from your plates, but the grease still is washed down the drain where it cools down and can build up into a clog.

How YOU Can Help

  • NEVER pour grease down the drain
  • Collect used grease in a container and dispose of it in the trash
  • Scrape excess grease and food scraps into the trash - DO NOT rely on a garbage disposal
  • DO NOT use your garbage disposal to shred solid material
  • Keep strainers in your drain to catch food scraps and solids
  • The sink is not a trash can - what you send down the pipe can cause damage!

From the Pan to the Can





Cook it!                                         Pour it!                   Can it!

To request a FREE residential Cease-the-Grease package, please send an e-mail with your mailing address to Cease-the-Grease Promotion.  Must be a City of Round Rock resident as determined by your City of Round Rock water bill.

Commercial Grease

Residents are not the only generators of cooking oil and grease.  Food service establishments within the City of Round Rock also contribute oil, grease and food particles to the sanitary sewer. 

  • The City of Round Rock's Code of Ordinances Chapter 44 - Utilities, Article IV Pretreatment Program, contains certain requirements for these establishments to control the amount of material discharged.

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