Grease Recovery

About Grease & the Sewage System
The City of Powder Springs wastewater (also known as sewage) collection and treatment is a service provided through the Cobb County Water System. The City, in conjunction with Cobb County Water System, is committed to providing its residents with a safe and environmentally sound wastewater collection and treatment program. Such a system plays a vital role in supporting a quality lifestyle, a strong local economy and protecting the environment. Unfortunately, grease, which is a common material, can build up in the wastewater system and severely impact maintenance and operational costs.

On a daily basis, in household and commercial kitchens, large amounts of fats, oil, and grease are produced. These by-products of cooking are not good for the sewer system. When they enter the sewer system, they begin to adhere to the sides of the sewer lines, and over time, begin to build up, eventually causing a blockage of the line below ground. These blockages result in sewer overflows, backups above ground into our homes, businesses, and waterways.

Grease Management Tips
Grease comes from many different sources within our household kitchens. Some of these sources include:
  • Baking goods
  • Butter and margarine
  • Dairy products
  • Dressings and sauces
  • Food scraps
  • Lard
  • Meat fats
  • Shortening
Here are some simple steps to make sure that fats, oil and grease do not make it into the sewer system.
  1. Never pour grease down sink drains, garbage disposals, or into toilets. Instead use an old glass jar or can as a grease receptacle. Pour all grease and oil into this container for disposal or recycling where available.
  2. Use a paper towel to clean up the excess grease residue left on the inside of cooking pots, pans and utensils. Dispose of the "greasy" towel into the trash.
  3. Scrape all food scraps from trays, plates, pots, pans, utensils, grills, and any cooking surfaces into the trash for disposal.
  4. Talk with your family, friends, and neighbors about these easy steps that can be taken to help prevent fats, oils, and greases from reaching the sewer system.
Food Establishments
In Powder Springs, the Fats, Oils and Grease Program for food establishments is monitored by Cobb County. The Cobb County Water and Wastewater Authority ensures compliance with the Cobb County Water and Wastewater Ordinance
regulations found in the official code of Cobb County, Georgia Section 122-188.1. These regulations require all food establishments, or any company that exceeds the wastewater limit for grease and oil, to have a grease recovery system. In addition, these ordinances require quarterly pumping of all exterior grease traps.

The Engineering Division of the Cobb County Water System approves grease traps for all new restaurants. To find out if your business will need a grease trap, as well as what size trap you will be required to install, please contact CCWS Engineering at 770-419-6317.