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Posted on: July 18, 2019

Fight the FOG Monster

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Beware of the FOG monster!  All too often, fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are improperly disposed of during foodpreparation and kitchen clean-up. When FOG are poured into sink and floor drains, the materials solidify reducing the sewer line flow capacity and potentially causingsewage backups.  The cleanup can be grimy, stinky, and costly.

 Do not rinse FOG from dishes, pots, and pans!  Using hot water to flush the FOG down the drains does not resolve the problem.  The FOG will merely solidify further down the sewer line.

Know the Source

Meats, cooking oils, butter, margarine, shortening, creams, sauces, salad dressings, and dairy products all contain FOG.  When the fats, oils, and grease combine, the materials clump and stick to the sides of pipes.  Even a small amount of FOG can contribute to serious problems, especially when each home is contributing a little bit. 

Scrape dont rinseHere's What You Can Do

Help prevent FOG and costly sewer problems for both yourself and the City:

  • Do not pour fats, oils, or grease down the drain.
  • Soak up small amounts of grease after cooking with paper towns and put into the trash.
  • Pour larger amounts of grease into a container, let cool, and put into the trash when full.
  • Scrape or wipe down dishes, pots and pans prior to rinsing
  • Minimize the use of your garbage disposal.
  • Put food scraps into the garbage.

Get Your Fat Trapper

You can buy “Fat Trappers” at City Hall that have replaceable melt-proof bags. A new Fat Trapper starter kit costs $5 and comes with a durable container and two disposable bags costs.  The container alone is $4, and bags are 3 for $2.

FOG Trapper

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