You're probably using disposable wipes wrong. How to avoid harming the planet, the sewers

Ryan Miller  Disposable wipes: Pull one out of the container, wipe down the entire kitchen and bathroom, then flush it down the toilet, right? While the wipes are a convenient and easy-to-use product that serve a variety of helpful purposes, many Americans may be using them incorrectly – and could be hurting the sewers, the planet and our health...

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How to Properly Dispose of Harmful Waste

Fatberg. You've probably never heard of it, but it can affect your health and the environment. According to the Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Sanitation, the accumulation of grease and debris causes 84% of sewer backups in New York City—costing millions of dollars. This can all happen from putting toxic items down the ...

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DeKalb, notorious for sewer spills, awarded for preventing sewer spills

Millions of gallons of sewage flowing into local waterways didn’t stop DeKalb County from winning an award for preventing sewer spills Even DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond admitted the news might seem unusual.The county received the 2019 FOG Program of the Year award from the Southeastern FOG Alliance, a not-for-profit organization that works...

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City cracks down on ordinance to save taxpayers money

The new year has brought important changes to the ways restaurants dispose of their grease and cooking oil, as the City will be ramping up enforcement of an ordinance in order save some money. It’s no doubt that restaurants produce a lot of waste, and a lot of that is in the form of grease, but have you ever wondered just how bad it can get if s...

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Baby wipes cause sewage backup in North Franklin

Katie Anderson  Some North Franklin Township residents woke up Tuesday morning to sewage flooding their Spring Valley Drive basements. “We started noticing what we thought was water about 5 a.m., but then we realized it’s raw sewage,” said Kevin Meyer, who lives in the basement of his father’s residence at 56 Spring Valley. Kevin said most of hi...

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