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Proper Disposal of Fats, Oils and Grease (F.O.G.) is Important to Our Sewer System

When Fats, Oils, and Grease (F.O.G.) are sent down drains, they can build up in pipes and cause backups in homes, streets, and the sewer system.  In addition to the costly repairs, sewer backups pose a serious public health threat. Pouring grease down the garbage disposal and then running hot water and grease-fighting detergent to wash it down does not remove grease from the plumbing system. Hot water cools down in pipes causing fats and grease to thicken, creating blockages further down the pipeline. 

The easiest thing you can do is keep grease out of the sewer system:

  • Never pour grease down the sink or into the toilet
  • Do not put food scraps down the garbage disposal. These units only shred solid material into smaller pieces and do not prevent grease from going down the drain
  • Use a strainer in the sink to catch food scraps and other solids
  • Let your hot oils, sauces, and gravies cool before scraping into a plastic bag and then disposing of in your trash can
  • Pour leftover oil and grease into a can and let it cool then toss the can in the trash

For more information on the proper disposal of Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG):

Have questions or need more information? Contact the Water Resources Division at 960-8100.