New Castle County's "Great Schools, Clean Streams" campaign started Monday, April 8.
Residents have until Friday, April 19 to support their local schools by pledging to dispose of used cooking grease properly. The six New Castle County schools that collect the most pledges from their students' parents will win cash prizes to pay for on-campus tree plantings, stream cleanups, rain barrels, and other cool and educational science projects.
"We're working with local schools to educate county residents about simple steps they can take to protect their own plumbing and the county's sewer systems," said Daniel Sullivan, with the New Castle Department of Special Services.
When New Castle County residents sign the online pledge, they can assign their pledge to any public, charter, or private school in the county. The three public schools and the top three private schools that collect the most pledges will receive grants that they can use to pay for on-campus environmental education projects.
Everybody wins when county residents keep used cooking fats, oils, and grease out of their drains, Sullivan said. Homeowners avoid the risk of clogged pipes, toilet backups, and plumber bills, and the county reduces the bill that taxpayers have to foot to clean out clogged sewers. With fewer sewer spills, local streams will get cleaner.
"Here's what residents should do with their leftover cooking grease," Sullivan said. "Pour it in a can, and throw the can in the trash."
Learn More: www.GreatSchoolsCleanStreams.org.
The New Castle County Department of Special Services is comprised of four divisions that manage different aspects of all County assets. Among them is the Environmental Services section, handles the operation, maintenance & repair of all New Castle County sewers, wastewater pumping stations, wastewater treatment plants and County-owned stormwater management facilities.