The benefits of being FOG-free are clear

Monday 19 November The benefits of being FOG-free are clear

When FOG (fats, oils, grease) enters pipes, it cools and forms blockages, which prevents wastewater from flowing efficiently. It builds up over time and collects other flushed debris. The clogs
create backups and damage infrastructure, and ultimately, wastewater cannot be properly processed and treated to make reuse.

FOG comes from a variety of food sources including: lard, meat fats, food scraps, dairy products, butter, margarine, sandwich spreads, cooking oil, shortening, sauces, gravies, and dressings.

You can help maintain the integrity of the City's vast wastewater system, which includes over 1,000 miles of sewer pipe, by disposing of FOG properly.

By making a few simple changes at home, you are protecting your pipes, as well as the environment.

Do not:

  • Pour grease down the sink, garbage disposal, or into toilets.
  • Run water over dishes, pans, fryers, or griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain. 


  • Scrape grease and food scraps from cooking surfaces into the trash for disposal.
  • Wipe excess FOG from pans and dishes with a paper towel and throw it away.
  • Cool hot grease in a can.
  • Put baskets in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids.

Download the Residential Be FOG-Free brochure

Download the Commercial Be FOG-Free brochure

For more information, contact:
Jenny Tomes
Utility Marketing and Digital Video Coordinator
(772) 871-5131