Savannah Eateries Have to Start Hauling Grease

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Savannah's sewage system is aiming for a low-fat future.

The city is halting grease disposal for restaurants starting Jan. 1, instead requiring eateries to pay more to get the gooey mess in their grease traps hauled out of town.

City officials are hoping that cutting the fat will improve the quality of water that flows into the Savannah River and ease the strain on the city's main wastewater treatment plant.

The plant accepts 2,500 gallons of grease each day from the Georgia port city's 1,400 restaurants.

Now restaurant owners will have to shell out thousands more in fees to have their grease traps drained and the sticky mess hauled to a private facility. The closest facility is in Ridgeland, S.C., 32 miles away.

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