Bloomfield Business Owners and Residents Encouraged to Properly Dispose of Grease in Trash, Not Pipes

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Bloomfield Business Owners and Residents Encouraged to Properly Dispose of Grease in Trash, Not Pipes

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Recent Increase in Sewer Backups Due to Suspected Unsafe Grease Disposals in Homes and Businesses

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- In an effort to decrease sewer backups, the Township Health and Human Services Department, in collaboration with the Department of Public Works and the Department of Engineering, are reminding local businesses to properly dispose of grease in the trash, rather than in their toilets or sinks, especially if their pipes are old. last year the Township did a sewer cleaning and lining project in the Staples shopping area on Bloomfield Avenue, using machinery to clean out the sewer, put a slip lining that creates new room for sewage to flow.

The Township is also replacing broken sewer mains, to more effectively get waste to the Passaic Valley Sewage Authority in Newark. But business owners can also take simple measures to make sure they are not contributing to sewer backups. In fact, they have to. Per a Township-wide ordinance adopted by the Bloomfield Board of Health in 2003, “Grease trap cleaning shall be done biweekly. A maintenance log including the time, date and signature of the person performing the cleaning shall be kept on the premises and...All food establishments must employ at their own expense a licensed plumbing inspector to conduct an annual inspection of their grease traps and connecting wastewater lines to ensure that waste oil and grease is being adequately removed from the wastewater being discharged into the sewer system and the wastewater being introduced into the sewer system is less than 140° F.”

Yearly inspections of food establishments are performed by Passaic Valley Sewage Authority. Licenses must be renewed for the future year, with late fees imposed by the Bloomfield Health Department.

“The vast majority of grease blockages are caused by restaurant grease traps, but several incidents recently have been caused by improper disposal of grease in residences. Therefore, my Department and all of the Township Departments are asking residents to be sure not to flush grease down toilets or sinks, but rather dispose of it in a small sealed container and--if possible--freeze, or refrigerate until solid, before placing in the trash,” said Director of Human Services Karen Lore. “Clogged pipes lead to sewer backups, which can cause the Township and homeowners thousands of dollars to fix, if not more.”

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