Fats, oils and grease (FOG) can have a detrimental impact on the city’s wastewater treatment system and the environment. Over time, improper disposal of these deposits can clog sewer lines, restrict flow and ultimately cause a sewer system back up, resulting in a sanitary sewer overflow. The result is a negative impact to public health, as sewer water is forced out of a manhole cover, onto the ground, and/or into businesses and homes.
Here are a few ways that you can Fight the FOG in your home:
Let small amounts of leftover grease solidify in a pan or jar and then throw it in the trash can in a covered container.
Avoid putting food scraps down the drain; fat from food remnants will still accumulate and cause problems in your pipes.
Try using your garbage disposal as little as possible; don’t use it as a food grinder.
Designate a sponge for cleaning greasy dishes; when it’s no longer useful, throw it in the trash. Reusable dishrags washed in the laundry can still transport fat.
Use a paper towel to soak up as much fat and oil from greasy dishes or pans before putting them in the sink or dishwasher. Try to put as little grease down the drain as possible!
Yellow Oil Disposal Station
The city operates two permanent yellow oil disposal stations to encourage residents to Be Guardians Regarding Our Sewer System (Be G.R.O.S.S.) and properly dispose of used kitchen oils to help lower the cost of maintenance on city sewer lines and wastewater treatment infrastructure.
A new permanent station for disposing yellow cooking oil is now available in the parking area at Fire Station 303 located at 15440 N Cotton Ln. This new station provides residents with a second permanent location to safely dispose of yellow cooking oil. The first location opened at the end of 2019 at Fire Station 305 at 15517 N Parkview Pl.
Both yellow oil stations are open year-round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for used kitchen oil disposal ONLY. Motor oils are not accepted at this facility.
Used yellow oils are to be poured directly into the drums located at the station; please reuse your containers and do not leave them at the disposal station.
While FOG can originate from individual homes, it is also introduced in large quantities from food service establishments that prepare and serve food for commercial purposes. City Code requires grease interceptors for the following commercial facilities:
Restaurants- All types, Fast food. Pizza delivery, Sandwich shop, Bakeries
Services Stations- Auto repair, Car washes, Fuel Stations
Pet Grooming, Salons- Hair traps
Laundries- Lint/Hair traps
All photo processing facilities, dental offices, and x-ray processing facilities shall be equipped with a metal recovery unit