Municipal Sewer Use Ordinance - Greases & Oils

Each year, there are more than 15,000 sewer overflows in North Carolina.  Many of these overflows are directly related to the improper disposal of oil and grease in kitchen drains.  Grease congeals on sewer pipe, which causes wastewater to flow back into homes and businesses or directly into waterways.

Discharging oil and grease into municipal sewer pipes is 100 percent preventable.


  • Scrape excess grease in a container and dispose of it in the garbage.
  • Place food scraps in waste containers or garbage bags for disposal with solid wastes or start a compost pile; promote use of scraping ware prior to washing.
  • Place a wastebasket in the bathroom to dispose of solid wastes.  Disposable diapers, condoms and personal hygiene products do not belong in the sewer system.
  • Promote the concept of "3 R's": Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

  • Pour grease, fats and oils from cooking down the drain.
  • Use the toilet as a wastebasket
  • Use the sewer as a means of disposing food scraps.

For further information on the Town of Pinetops' municipal sewer use ordinance, contact 252.827.4435.


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