FOG sticks to the sides of pipes and eventually clogs them. This backs up the pipes and causes sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), possibly in your home or yard.
FOG consists of fats, oils and greases from cooking and food waste.
- Meat fats
- Sauces and dressings
- Cooking oil
- Frying oil
- Dairy products
Overflowing sewers release bacteria, viruses and other pathogens that may be dangerous to human health. The sewage may be released into your business or home, or into our waterways, streets and parks. SSOs are unpleasant and expensive to clean up.
If the overflow is caused by FOG, a lot of manpower and money are wasted on remediation of a situation that could have been prevented. The costs associated with SSOs include clean-up and disinfecting, sampling and testing, and record keeping and documentation, as well as public notification, potential enforcement actions and non-direct costs (e.g., media, property damage).
What you can do
Simple steps to keep your plumbing working well:
- Pour FOG into a sealable container and allow it to cool. Dispose of it in the trash.
- Scrape food scraps into the trash.
- Wipe cookware and dishes with a paper towel before washing them to remove FOG.
- Limit using your garbage disposal. Grinding food up does not eliminate FOG.
- Place strainers in your sink to catch food. Dispose of the scraps in the trash.