Households and Businesses can help prevent FOG buildup in the sanitary sewer lines and mains. Here are some tips.
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- Do place cooled cooking fats, oils, and grease into a waxed food container such as a milk carton or container with a lid and dispose of it in the garbage.
- Do scrape grease and foods scraps into a container or trash for disposal from:
- Cooking surfaces
- Do wipe before washing. For greasy pans, pour the grease into a container and use a paper towel to wipe out the remaining grease in the pan prior to washing.
- Do use baskets or strainers in sinks to catch the leftover food scraps. Empty scraps into garbage.
- Do minimize the use of garbage disposals. Foods containing FOG can get caught in the plumbing and cause sewer backups.
- Do minimize the use of dish soap when washing dishes. Dish soap emulsifies FOG and enables it to pass into pipes. It will later coagulate in sewer lines.
- Do keep drains clean by pouring 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Wait 10-15 minutes and then rinse with hot water.
- Do speak with friends and family about the problem of FOG in the sewer system and how to keep it out.
- Don’t put fats, oils, or grease down garbage disposals.
- Don’t pour fats, oils or grease down sink drains or into toilets.
- Don’t use hot water to rinse grease off cookware, utensils, dishes, or surfaces. Instead wipe out with a paper towel.
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For more information, view the Fats, Oils & Grease page.