Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG)

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Keep fats, oils, and grease out of your sinks!

When fats, oils, and grease are poured down the drain, they aren't broken down by the garbage disposal or dispursed by hot water. Instead, FOG enters the wastewater system where it cools and congeals into a solid "ball" of grease that causes blockages. These blockages can cause backups into your home or the home of your neighbors. Not only are these costly to fix, they also pose some serious health risks.

  • Help prevent FOG by disposing of your fats, oils, and grease responsibly. Instead of rinsing this food waste down the sink, consider these simple disposal methods:
  • Scrape FOG (or items containing lots of FOG like meat scraps), from pans or plates and into the trash before washing dishes.
  • Pour unusable FOG—like fat leftover in a pan after cooking bacon—into a disposable container. Allow it to cool and then throw it away.
  • Soak up excess FOG on plates and dishes with a paper towel before washing.

FOG-Fats Oils Grease

FOG is found in common food ingredients, including:

  • Meats (chicken, beef, fish, pork, bacon, turkey)
  • Dairy products
  • Cooking agents (lard, shortening, butter, cooking oil)
  • Certain condiments (mayonnaise, gravy, salad dressing, sauces, icing)
  • Food scraps
  • Used grease from turkey fryers is a major contributor of FOG, especially during the holiday season