The Fats, Oils and Grease program (FOG) is intended to reduce blockages in City sanitary pipes. FOG buildup can clog sewer and drainage pipes, resulting in messy, costly overflows. It is bad for businesses, homes, the environment and public health.
What is FOG? FOG stands for Fats, Oils, and Grease. Some examples of FOG include cooking oil, gravy, butter, sauces, fried foods, lard, margarine, oils from raw and cooked meats, sour cream, mayonnaise, milk, cream, ice cream, soup, salad dressing, dairy products and food scraps. Even if it is not technically considered fat, oil, or grease, the aforementioned should NEVER go down a sink drain.
Why is FOG so harmful? When washed down the sink, FOG sticks to the insides of sewer pipes. Over time, FOG buildup can block the flow of wastewater, causing sewage backflow to flood your home, your neighborhood, or a local body of water.
How FOG removal benefits YOU: You can prevent FOG-related plumbing issues, both minor and major. You will not have to spend money on a plumber—that can save you a lot! As an added bonus, hand-washing dishes will be a lot easier. Collecting FOG can also help you monitor your cooking and eating habits. You may decide to cook with less grease or make smaller portions, saving you money at the grocery store and helping you get healthy. Healthy wallet, healthy pipes, HEALTHY YOU!
How FOG removal benefits OUR COMMUNITY: If residents reduced the amount of FOG that gets poured down kitchen sinks, there were would be a significant decrease in blocked drainage systems. That reduction would in turn equate to fewer repairs, thus requiring less resources and less time spent on fixing preventable disasters.
Cost of raw sewage backup may include:
- LOSS OF BUSINESS while you are closed to clean up and get the kitchen back into service
- CLEANUP of the premises by staff and a cleaning or restoration service
- HIRING a service to clean the sewer lines
- REPAIRS OR REPLACEMENT of the building, fixtures and equipment
- REIMBURSEMENT for damages to neighbors and the public sewer system
- HIGHER INSURANCE premiums
- FINES AND PENALTIES
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