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Keep it Flowin’ For the Holidays – No FOG Please
Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) are an expensive and unsanitary problem in our sewers. FOG may not appear harmful in a liquefied form, but any FOG poured or washed into the drain will cool, solidify, and start to accumulate. In time, this residue builds up to the point of restricting and blocking sewer pipes, causing sewage backups and overflows that create problems for the wastewater treatment plant. FOG problems at the treatment plant decrease treatment efficiency, increase operating costs, and potentially cause service interference and unsafe events. Aside from facility issues, FOG problems can include overflows, vermin increase, environmental damage, and human health hazards.
The best solution is prevention! Everyone can take steps at home and work to prevent FOG from entering our sewers.
Any liquid FOG that is warm or at room temperature can be carefully poured into a heat-resistant container such as a glass jar or metal coffee can. Once the FOG cools and solidifies, the entire container can be tightly sealed and placed in your normal trash. Or you can place a thick plastic bag within your heat-resistant container to catch the FOG, and once the FOG is cooled, remove the tightly sealed bag and dispose of it.
Any solid FOG that is cool enough to be handled can be scraped off any dishes, pots, or food containers and placed in your normal trash. After scrapping the majority off, the remaining residue can be wiped away with a paper towel that is then placed in the trash or mixed with absorbent materials such as dry coffee grounds, shredded newspaper, or kitty litter that is then thrown in the trash.
Please remember to dispose of food scraps and all fats, oils, and greases into the trash. Also, tell a friend! We all have a part to play in maintaining our sewer pipes which, in turn, keep our community healthy and safe.