Keep it Out

We are asking residents to become familiar with the following simple guidelines on how to properly dispose of fats, oils and grease.

How to keep fats, oils & grease (FOG) out of the sewer system

Do NOT pour fats, oils and grease down the drain!

  • This is the most important thing you can do to prevent FOG from entering the sewer system.
  • When poured down kitchen drains, they accumulate inside sewer pipes.
  • As these substances build up, they restrict the flow in the pipe and can cause untreated wastewater to backup, resulting in high costs for cleanup and restoration.
  • Thousands of dollars are spent on plumbing emergencies each year to deal with grease blockages and to pump out grease traps and interceptors.

How to reduce fats, oils & grease (FOG) in commercial kitchens

  • Put oil and grease in covered containers.
  • Scrape food scraps from dishes into garbage bags and dispose of them properly.
  • Avoid using food disposals/grinders to make sure food scraps get put in the garbage instead.
  • Remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers and griddles. Remember to let it cool before skimming or scraping off excess grease.
  • Rinse dishes with cold water before putting them into the dishwasher.
  • Cover kitchen sinks with catch baskets and empty the baskets into the garbage on a regular basis.
  • Cover floor drains with a fine screen and empty the screen into the garbage on a regular basis.