The Cease the Grease (CtG) Campaign is a regional campaign, coordinated by the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF), with the purpose of reducing sanitary sewer overflows through public education and awareness. Sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) from fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are a source of concern for harmful bacteria found in Galveston Bay. Aging infrastructure, combined with improper disposal of FOG in single and multi-family homes, can lead to costly problems for both local governments and citizens in terms of sewer lines, home plumbing repairs, and environmental remediation.
Cease the Grease is directed towards five target audiences: homeowners, apartment residents, schools, cities, and restaurants. The goal of the campaign is to educate these audiences to properly dispose of FOG, recycle used cooking oil, and properly maintain grease traps in restaurants to prevent harmful bacteria from polluting Galveston Bay.
This campaign was adopted from Dallas Water Utilities, which very successfully launched the Cease the Grease Campaign in 2005 in partnership with the North Texas Grease Abatement Council. The Dallas Cease the Grease Campaign has dramatically reduced the occurrence of monthly SSOs, in the Dallas area, through public outreach, education, and enforcement. Dallas Water Utilities also uses the recycled cooking oil to create heat and electricity, which is then used to power the Southside Wastewater Treatment Plant. Dallas Water Utilities provided the campaign materials and concepts for Galveston Bay Foundation to adopt this campaign in Galveston Bay region.