Ferguson Environmental Resources
5055 S. Eastern Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73129


Hazardous Waste Disposal: Unfortunately, You Won’t Get Superpowers

Posted Wed, September 17, 2014

As one of Oklahoma City’s hazardous waste disposal companies, we think this scene of Family Guy is super hilarious, but unfortunately you won’t gain superpowers if you ingest toxic waste. Though the scene is absolutely fictional, we can admit that their interpretation of negative consequences that breed from improper waste disposal is still valuable.

Improper toxic waste disposal can hurt the environment in more ways than one, and any corporation that deals with chemicals or natural substances should be disposing of that waste properly. Each state has their own EPA regulations when it comes to disposal of hazardous chemicals, but under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, it is important to know where your chemicals are being stored “from the cradle to the grave.”

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, hazardous waste can:

  • cause physical injury to sanitation workers
  • contaminate septic tanks or wastewater treatment systems if poured down drains or toilets
  • pollute bodies of water if poured into storm sewers
  • present hazards to children and pets if left around the house
  • contaminate ground water and surface water that is used as a source of drinking water if sent to unprotected landfills

There are several different ways that hazardous wastes are disposed of. The EPA has regulations on the following:

  • Landfill
  • Land treatment unit
  • Injection well
  • Stationary tank storage
  • Incineration
  • Kiln Fuel
  • Oil Recycling
  • Metal Recycling

No matter the industry, FER is licensed, bonded and insured for hazardous waste disposal Oklahoma City businesses can depend on. Contact us today so we can help you protect your business and the environment!

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What to Do and What Not to Do When Your Grease Trap is Clogged

Posted Thu, June 26, 2014

A backed up drain clogged by grease is the most common plumbing problem a restaurant faces, according to the National Restaurant Association. Knowing what to do – and what not to do – makes all the difference in the world.

Preventative maintenance is essential. Improper trap maintenance can cause fats, oils and grease – known collectively as FOG – to escape into municipal sewage systems where they can cause widespread damage. Some municipalities send professional testing companies to test grease traps. These municipalities may issue a fine if test results show a restaurant’s traps contain a high concentration of grease.

Clogged grease traps can cause:

  • Drain line blockages and back-ups
  • Foul odors
  • Flow of FOG into the city sewer lines, leading to big fines

FOG is a leading cause of clogged pipes in sewer systems, which can cause municipalities millions of dollars. Clogged pipes can be an expensive nightmare for any restaurant.

How to check your grease trap

Grease trap models vary slightly but all work in the same basic way to remove FOG from water. Read your owner’s manual, if provided, to learn how to unclog your grease trap.

Perform a thorough examination of the grease trap to be sure it was properly installed, especially if the clog occurs immediately after installation or routine maintenance. There could be blockage in the line, which would require the attention of a professional plumber. Check the following common grease trap issues and resolve any problems you find:

  • Full grease trap
  • Clog in crossover
  • Clog in incoming line
  • Clog in outgoing line

Dos and don’ts of grease trap maintenance

·         Check the grease trap for foreign objects. Remove any obvious objects that could potentially clog the line.

·         Clean the grease trap as normal and according to manufacturer’s specifications.

·         Do not pour solvents into the grease trap in an effort to dissolve FOG; doing so may introduce dangerous or corrosive substances into the municipal sewer system or damage the pipes of your establishment.

·         Do not insert unapproved wires or hoses into grease traps in an effort to unclog them. Doing so could damage your grease trap and pipes.

·         Never attempt to heat a pipe to dissolve a grease clog. Doing so could result in personal injury and damage to property.

Stubborn grease trap clogs require the attention of a plumbing professional. If fat, oil and grease clog your grease trap, contact environmental resource professionals at FER today by calling 405-677-4992 or 405-495-6336.

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