Area disposal options were becoming severely limited, leaving Safeway and other pumpers to compete for grease disposal at the few nearby commercial waste sites. Unfortunately, the demand resulted long wait times and steep tipping fees.
When the site of the largest grease disposal company shut down for several weeks, the situation became dire. Grease trap pumping came to a standstill.
Traps and interceptors needed to be serviced, pumping trucks were full,
grease was escaping into the sewers and there were no nearby sites able to
accept it. As a result, pumpers had to drive hundreds of miles to find disposal locations, adding significant costs.