The smell of rot rises from the drain holes and sidewalks on 40th Road in Flushing, Queens, after rainstorms. Flooding on this narrow street, packed with Chinese bakeries and restaurants, is often blamed on the neighborhood eateries, whose discarded fat and grease causes backups in the sewer system.
Neighborhoods such as Flushing and Chinatown with high concentrations of Asian restaurants often have the most grease-related flooding issues, industry experts said.
Crackdown Sought on City Eateries That Illegally Dump Grease
"New immigrants from China and Vietnam are not very well educated, and garbage is really a problem," the director of New York's Greater Chinatown Community Association, Edward Fang, said. The city now distributes Chinese- and Korean-language information packets on grease disposal.
Council Member John Liu, who represents Flushing, said the charge against Asian eateries clogging pipes is unsubstantiated. "There is a perception among some people that Chinese food is greasy," Mr. Liu said. "There's lots of grease in plenty of other kinds of food, and there's plenty of Chinese food that is lean and healthy. I've asked the city for comparisons with buildup in sewers in other areas, and I have gotten zilch."
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