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Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Program


What is FOG?

FOG refers specifically to fats, oils, and greases that enter the sewer system from homes, apartments, restaurants, industry, and public facilities.

As a byproduct of cooking, FOG is usually found in:

* baking goods
* butter, lard, shortening
* cooking oil
* fats and oils from cooked meats
* food scraps
* gravy
* mayonnaise
* salad dressing
* sauces
* sour cream


Why is FOG a problem?

All too often, fats, oils and greases are disposed of improperly during food preparation and kitchen clean-up.  When poured down the sinks or floor drains, FOG can accumulate in the walls of sewer pipes and reduce the pipe's capacity which can potentially cause blockage in the sanitary sewer collection system.

Clogged Pipe

In severe cases, blockage can lead to:

     * sewage backups into homes and businesses and
     * sewers that overflow onto roadways and property, eventually flowing into local waterways.

When wastewater ends up in homes, on streets and in streams, it becomes both a public health and environmental concern.  Additionally, FOG increases the existing financial cost associated with the operation and maintenance of the sanitary sewer system leading to higher sewer fees for customers.
 
 
How can you help reduce FOG?

The easiest way to solve the grease problem and prevent overflows of raw sewage is to keep this material out of the sewer system.  Through education and adopting certain habits, it is easy to minimize FOG sources at home.  To learn how to properly dispose of FOG, Click Here.