What is FOG? It is the presence of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from food that have built up in wastewater pipes when flushed or rinsed down kitchen drains. Here are examples of each type of FOG:
Fats – Butter, margarine, shortening, peanut butter, meat trimmings, cheese, milk, sour cream, and ice cream.
Oils – Cooking oils and salad dressings.
Grease – Gravy, mayonnaise, fat from meats, lard, sauces, and soups.
When FOG is flushed or rinsed down the sink, it sticks to the insides of wastewater pipes that connect your home or business to the local and regional wastewater system. Built up FOG can clog pipes and cause problems such as costly repair and cleanup at your expense, wastewater backing up into your home or your neighbor’s home, or wastewater overflowing into neighborhood parks, yards, and streets.
How can you help out at home?
- Scrape food scraps into the trash.
- Pour grease into metal cans, let it harden and throw in the trash.
- Stop using your garbage disposal, or try to minimize its use.
- Wipe pots, pans and dishes with a paper towel before washing them.
- Pour grease down the sink or toilet.
- Don’t use cloth towels or rags to scrape oil or grease off plates and utensils because grease will drain to the sewer when you wash the towels.
- Don’t run water over dishes, pans, fryers or griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain.