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When Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) aren’t disposed of properly, it can end up in the City’s wastewater lines, which can cause sewer backups. That's why the City is giving out free Grease Traps at City Hall.

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Free Grease Trappers

You can pick up your free Grease Traps at City Hall (1201 Leopard Street) or at the Water Utilities Office (2726 Holly Road). One per household while supplies last.

Grease Trapper Container

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FOG Diagram

Diagram of a pipe with Fat, Oil, and Grease

In the Diagram above, the thick yellow layer is FOG. When it goes down the drain, it builds up over time, restricting the flow of wastewater. If it happens in your home, you pay for it. If it happens in City drains, your whole neighborhood will have drainage problems. City crews must use special pressure washers and vacuums to remove the FOG.

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FOG Prevention

Most sewer clogs during the holidays are caused by Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG). Here is a brief list of items that belong in the trash, NOT your drain!

FATS

  • Raw Meat
  • Meat Trimmings
  • Poultry Skins
  • Butter
  • Lard
  • Cheeses
  • Sour Cream


OILS

  • Cooking OIl
  • Salad Dressing
  • Vegetable OIls
  • Coconut OIl
  • Olive OIl
  • Fryer Oil
  • Margarine


GREASE

  • Bacon Residue
  • Chicken Broth
  • Beef Stock
  • Gravy
  • Mayonnaise
  • Fried Drippings
  • Soups