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Aug 13

Can the F.O.G.!

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 2:48 PM by OCOM Specialist

By Joanna Grey, Customer Service Representative

F.O.G stands for the fats, oils, and grease that occur from food preparation. Many of the foods we eat consume F.O.G.--meats, sauces, salad dressings, deep-fried dishes, mayonnaise, butter, shortening and many others. Yet, when they are washed down the drain they contribute to the accumulation of grease in the sanitary sewer system, which then can constrict the flow in the pipes and cause back-ups and overflows.

How can you help? Can the F.O.G.!

  • Pour oil and grease into an empty container, such as an old can, and allow to cool completely. Once it has solidified, dispose of it in the trash.
  • Wipe down pots, pans, and utensils with a disposable towel or plastic scraper prior to washing.
  • Scrape food scraps into the trash.
  • Use a strainer in the sink to collect excess food particles.
  • For oil, grease, and fat that do not solidify, mix with an absorbent material until all the moisture has been absorbed. Then dispose of it in the trash.


  • Do not use a garbage disposal. Grinding food up before rinsing it down the drain does not remove F.O.G.; it just makes the pieces smaller.
  • Do not pour cooking oil, pan drippings, grease, salad dressings, or sauces down the sink.
  • Do not use cloth towels or rags to scrape plates or clean greasy or oily dishware. When you wash them, the grease will end up in the sewer.
  • Do not run water over greasy dishes or pans.

For more information about F.O.G. please visit the Public Works Sewer page.