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NH DEP issues Thanksgiving recipe for disaster

November 20, 2011

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CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire environmental officials have concocted a Thanksgiving recipe for disaster for chefs to avoid.

The GREENworks division of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services warns against pouring fats, grease and oils down drains and toilets while preparing that Thanksgiving feast.

Officials warn the greasy waste matter can clog drains and sewer pipes and cause a back-up in home plumbing systems that will have guests running to the nearest restaurant.

They suggest putting cooking oils and fats into a hard-sided container to solidify before placing it in the trash.

They also recommend checking with local dumps and transfer stations to see if they have a vegetable oil collection program.