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Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG)

What is FOG

FOG is the acronym used to describe the accumulation of Fats, Oils, & Grease (FOG) that are commonly the result of cooking by-products. Most FOG originates in the kitchen from food preparation, cooking, cleaning, and disposal. 

FOG discarded down sink drains will cool and stick to the surface of all downstream pipes. This can lead to blocked drain lines for private property owners and in the public sanitary sewer lines. Blocked sanitary sewer lines can overflow and spill wastewater onto private properties, streets, and into storm water.

Proper FOG Disposal

 Learn the quick and easy steps to prevent FOG buildup in your pipes for both residential cooking and commercial businesses. The best way to prevent clogged pipes is to keep FOG out of your drains from the start!

About Our Services

The City’s goal is to eliminate FOG from the public sanitary sewer lines we maintain by providing education to the community and working collaboratively with Clean Water Services. Excess FOG buildup over time will result in costly repair, intensive maintenance, and unnecessary labor performed by the City’s Operations team. 

Our team of inspectors are here to ensure Food Service Establishments are complying with the Best Management Practices to eliminate FOG from entering the public sanitary sewer systems. Our team is also committed to providing education and training for our residents and businesses to properly manage FOG. 

Questions about FOG? Contact the Public Works Department.

Examples of FOG

  • Cooking oil 
  • Meats and fish fats
  • Gravy and soups
  • Butter, shortening, lard, and margarine
  • Milk, cream, sour cream, and mayonnaise
  • Sauces and food scraps