Don't Invite a FOG Clog to Thanksgiving

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Please remember not to put FOG (fats, oils, and grease) down the drain or disposal this holiday season as it clogs the sewage system. This includes foods such as the following:

  • Bacon grease
  • Cooking oil
  • Shortening
  • Lard
  • Butter or margarine
  • Gravy
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salad dressing
  • Sour cream
  • Meat drippings

FOG poured down kitchen drains accumulates inside sewer pipes. As the FOG builds up, it restricts the flow in the pipe and can cause untreated wastewater to back up into homes and businesses, resulting in high costs for cleanup and restoration.

Ways to Avoid FOG

  • Properly dispose of used cooking oil by pouring it into a sealable container (such as an empty water jug or mayonnaise jar) and placing the sealed container in the trash. To recycle large amounts, such as what’s left over from a catfish fry or frying a turkey, contact a local recycler by looking in the yellow pages under "Greases" or "Rendering." If you have a lot of oil to dispose of, use clay cat litter. Just mix the litter, a little at a time, into the oil. When all the oil has been absorbed, pour the cat litter into a trash bag, seal the bag, then dispose of it in your regular trash.
  • Scrape food scraps into the trash, not the sink.
  • Wipe pots, pans, and dishes with dry paper towels before rinsing or washing them, then throw away the paper towels.
  • Place a catch basket or screen over the sink drain when rinsing dishware, or when peeling or trimming food, to catch small scraps that would otherwise be washed down the drain. Throw the scraps in the trash.

Cut pipe filled with grease

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