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City of London and FluksAqua Partner to Combat Fatbergs

By Water Canada 10:37AM December 05, 2017

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FluksAqua has partnered with London, Ontario to offer fat, oil, and grease (FOG) collection cups to municipalities across Canada and the United States by providing utilities with the collection cups in order to cut down on the creation of fatbergs in municipal water systems.

The Your Turn FOG collection cup is intended to be an easy solution to the capture of offending FOG and to divert it from the local water system. Cups are available from participating wastewater utilities that order from the Your Turn website and distribute cups to their customers.

The program intends to encourage Canadians to contact their local wastewater utilities and ask them to sign-up for the program. Cups are not available for individual consumer purchase.

The City of London, Ontario chose to provide residents with free environmentally-friendly containers to collect FOG from cooking. The Your Turn collection cups are designed to be disposed of through a regular waste system or taken to one of the city’s four environmental depots.

Your Turn’s FOG capture cups. Credit: FluksAqua.

“People want to do the right thing but it also has to be convenient,” said Barry Orr, sewer outreach and control inspector for London, Ontario. “There’s no excuse to use your kitchen sink as a garbage can with or without a collection cup. Canadians can easily keep FOG out of the water system.”

The success of the Your Turn led to the collaboration between London and FluksAqua, which has brought cities like Sarnia, Windsor, Sudbury, Oxford county, Middlesex Centre, and Central Elgin to the program. Your Turn has spoken to municipalities in Alberta, British Columbia, and New Brunswick about joining the program as well.

“Water professionals regularly discuss their frustration at the expense, environmental damage and safety issues of maintenance personnel caused by fatbergs on our forum,” said Dr. Hubert Colas, president Americas, FluksAqua. “With easy access to Your Turn cups through our campaign, we’re hoping municipal water professionals will sign up to bring cups to their communities and residents will use the Your Turn cups to keep FOG out of the water system.”

Municipalities, and water professionals can sign up for the Your Turn program by visiting www.getyourfogcup.com. Your Turn charges a nominal cost for production of the collection cups but encourages free distribution of the containers to consumers.

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