Fats, Oils and Grease in Your Home

FOG is Fats, Oils, and Grease used to aid in the preparation of food or is produced during the preparation of food. FOG affects the sewer system performance by clogging sewer lines which causes Sanitary System Overflows (SSOs), causing expensive property damage and health hazards.

Do not pour cooking/fryer oil or grease scraped from cookware down the drain or in the trash. It can be temporarily collected in a compostable container (paper milk or ice cream carton) and disposed of in small amounts in your green organics cart. Or, use a metal can and pour the grease directly into your cart (it’s best to pour on top of leaves, grass clippings, or other yard trimmings).

What Kind of Problems Does FOG Cause?
One of the main causes of SSOs is the accumulation of FOG released into the sewer system. Over time, FOG can build up, block entire pipes, and lead to serious problems. Some of the problems that occur are:
  • Raw sewage overflowing into homes, which requires expensive professional cleanup, and often must be paid for by homeowners.
  • Raw sewage overflowing into yards, streets, and parks.
  • Exposure to disease-causing organisms.
  • An increase in operation and maintenance costs for local sewer departments, resulting in higher sewer bills.
If you are a resident and you have a large amount of FOG, please recycle your FOG through a licensed grease hauler or recycler only. Do not dispose of large amounts of FOG at home.