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Fats, Oils, & Grease (FOG)

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Grease blockage in a pipe.

Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) can severely damage your home or business's drain line as well as the public wastewater system. FOG can collect and harden in sewer pipes, and may eventually cause blockages. Blockages can cause backups into homes and businesses and may also cause sewer overflows, dumping raw sewage into streets, streams, lakes, or other outside public locations.

You can prevent blockages by keeping FOG out of your sink and drain and by throwing it in the trash. 

FOLLOW THESE DOS AND DON'TS TO PROTECT YOUR DRAIN LINE SYSTEM FROM F.O.G.

DO:

  • Throw all solids, including waste food, into the garbage or compost.
  • Encourage staff to be conservative about use of FOG in food preparation and serving.
  • Use ALL cleaning chemicals according to the instructions on the label.
  • Use paper towels to soak up oil and grease under fryer baskets and to wipe down work areas. Dispose of the paper towels into the trash or compost.
  • Run water if you must use the garbage disposal.
  • Check all sinks and floor drains for strainers and covers.
  • Know the location and operation of FOG control devices, such as an interceptor or trap.
  • Deposit used fryer oil into the appropriate container.
  • Keep dumpster areas clean and free of loose trash.

DON'T:

No grease
No fats, oils, or grease down drains. 
  • Don’t put grease or fryer oil down any sink or floor drain.
  • Don’t pour bleach directly down ANY drain. When used improperly, bleach dewaters grease, making it as hard as concrete.
  • Don't take out sink strainers or drain covers. Empty food and scraps into trash or compost, not down the drain.
  • Don't use cleaning chemicals improperly. Follow the instructions on the label, for your safety as well as the safety of the environment.
DO NOT WASH THESE ITEMS DOWN YOUR SINK, DRAIN, OR TOILET
Auto fluids Glue
Bacon Grease Gravy
Bandages Hair or fur
Bread Dough Kitchen grease
Butter Lard
Candles/melted wax Meat drippings
Cheese Medicine
Cigarettes or cigarette butts Paint
Cleaning supplies Paper or paper towels
Coffee filters or coffee grounds  Poison
Cosmetics Powders
Cotton balls and swabs Putties
Cooking oils Sanitary pads or tampons
Deceased pets Solvents
Dental floss Sponges
Facial tissue Toothpaste
Fat, oil, or grease Vegetables
Food solids Wet wipes
Fruit  

More information is available here or by calling Customer Service at (970) 476-7480.