Fats-Oils-Grease Program (FOG)


Oil build up inside a sewer pipe.

Background - Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Control

Washing fats, oils and grease (such as cooking oil, butter and sauces), into the kitchen sink may appear harmless. Once in the sewer pipe, however, the FOG will solidify and stick to the pipe walls. Over time the build-up of FOG (with help from food and debris washing through the pipe) can create a sewer blockage. The blocked pipe causes untreated sewage to back up, with nowhere to go but up into homes, restaurants, streets, or storm drains.  These overflows can result in expensive property damages, clean up costs, and environmental pollution.

Fats, oils and Grease (FOG) are found in common food and food ingredients such as:

  • Cooking oil
  • Shortening
  • Sauces
  • Meat fats
  • Baking goods
  • Food scraps
  • Dairy products
  • Butter and Margarine
  • Lard

How do I Prevent FOG Build-up?  Here are several tips to keep your drain FOG-free:

Here are several tips to keep your drain FOG-free:

  • Scrape grease off dishes and pots into a trash can before washing
  • Use paper towels to wipe greasy dishes before dishwashing
  • Use sink strainers to catch food waste during dish washing
  • Pour a small amount of leftover cooking oil in a closed container and put it with regular trash. 
  • For a large amount (i.e. after major holidays cooking), contact local restaurants to see if they will allow you to drop it off at their facilities.

For more information on FOG and FOG control practices, please contact the City’s Public Works Department.

FOG Program For Businesses - Fats, Oils and Grease Control Program for Food Service Establishments

The City of Stanton is required by the State Water Resources Control Board (WDR Order 2006-0003) to implement a Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Control Program. The program is intended to reduce and prevent sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) caused by FOG blockages in the sewer lines. The City’s FOG Control Program includes the permitting of Food Service Establishments (FSEs). If you own an FSE in the City of Stanton, you may be required to obtain a FOG Wastewater Discharge Permit.

The City of Stanton is required by the State Water Resources Control Board (WDR Order 2006-0003) to implement a Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Control Program. The program is intended to reduce and prevent sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) caused by FOG blockages in the sewer lines. The City’s FOG Control Program includes the permitting of Food Service Establishments (FSEs). If you own an FSE in the City of Stanton, you may be required to obtain a FOG Wastewater Discharge Permit.

All FSEs that are permitted will be inspected to ensure compliance with their FOG Permit and the City’s FOG ordinance.  Permitted FSEs must implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to prevent or reduce the introduction of FOG to the sewer system and prevent SSOs.  Examples of BMPs are described in the picture below, and also include the following:

  • Pump out grease trap/interceptors on a regular basis and maintain service records.
  • Collect waste grease from cooking activities (such as oil from deep fryers) in specified containers for proper recycling and maintaining records of pick-up.
  • Post kitchen BMP poster in food preparation area (see below).

 

For recently permitted FSEs, the City’s FOG Inspector will provide a folder that contains the FOG BMP Poster, a FOG Brochure, the Permit limitations and conditions, an educational DVD and FOG log sheets.  The FOG log sheets consist of Employee Training, Recyclable Grease disposal, and Grease Trap/Interceptor Maintenance.  The FOG Inspector will verify that these log sheets are up to date during inspections.