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1. Fats, Oils & Grease Disposal


Fat-free drains. There is FOG in the sewers --but it's not that misty stuff that fills the air.  The term "FOG" stands for fats, oils and grease. Originating in our kitchens, it clogs sanitary sewer systems across Hampton Roads and is a harmful threat to the environment. When poured or washed down the drain, FOG builds up on pipe walls, restricting the flow of wastewater exiting our home's plumbing. Over time, FOG leads to blockages that result in overflows into our homes or onto our streets, d Read more...

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3. Fat Free Holidays in Hampton


Thanks to the City of Hampton's Public Works Department, visitors to the Hampton Main Library are in for a real treat with this "Grease Can Christmas Tree."  The ornaments are actually reusable lids that will fit on top of any soup or vegetable can. Simply pour your leftover cooking grease into the can, top it with the lid, and store it in the fridge to let it harden. When the can is full, toss it in the trash and reuse the lid for another day. It's the gift that keeps on giving and it's yours Read more...

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6. Why Do We Put Poop In Little Plastic Baggies?


Our Neighbors like us too. It makes our dog feel important It keeps the poop from being washed into our storm drains. Select them all and that is “two paws up” for you! But there is another important reason to pick up after your pet: water. When pet waste is left behind, it washes into storm drains and ditches. From there, it heads straight into our local waterways. No filters no cleaning…swimming anyone? Help protect our water quality... Remember stoop, scoop and drop those little baggi Read more...

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7. How to Avoid a Deflated Super Bowl Party


The "deflate-gate" news got me thinking recently and I came up with three surefire ways to deflate a good Super Bowl party: a clogged sink, an overflowing toilet, and a trashy house. Allow me to explain and help you avoid these common pitfalls so you can host a pressure-free party on Sunday: Clogged SinkWings...check! Sausage balls...check! Plumber...wait, what? That's right, football snacks are notoriously greasy. Whatever you choose to indulge in, make sure the fats, oils, and grease from prep Read more...

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8. It Takes a Community to Drain a Street &


During heavy rain events, Hampton Roads takes a beating, especially since we are barely above sea level. But there are steps you can take to make a difference in your community to keep the storm water flowing. Dispose of leaves and yard waste properly. Leaves and yard waste may be recycled by placing the debris in clear plastic bags for disposal during your regularly scheduled trash day or through composting. Place litter, trash and debris in closed trash cans and recptacles. Trash that is not Read more...

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9. Be a Responsible Car Washer


When it comes to the environment, cars may not have earned the best reputation.  Driving less often and using fuel efficient vehicles can help minimize some of the environmental impacts, but in reality not all problems stem from driving habits alone.  One of the most basic steps we can take to help make our car a little greener is by changing the way we wash it.    When washing your car at home, water that becomes contaminated with cleaning chemicals, car oil and grease, and dirt often gets Read more...

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10. Help Us Spread the Word – FREE Pet Waste Stations Available in Hampton Roads


Don’t let your neighborhood go to the dogs! Hampton Roads residents can now apply for a free pet waste station through a new grant program offered by Geared toward property managers, neighborhood associations, and community groups that are committed to making scooping the poop a priority, the grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Applicants may apply online.   For those who qualify, will provide a free pet waste station, which comes read Read more...

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