An easy and important way we can have an impact on the environment is by properly disposing of fats, oil and grease, also known as FOG. FOG causes sewer blockages, leading to spills and overflows that are hazardous to our health; can result in damage to our homes; pollute our local waterways and groundwater; and harm fish and wildlife habitats. The good news is, everyone has the power to easily prevent damage from FOG, contributing to a better quality of life here in Mebane.
What is FOG?
FOG includes animal fats, vegetable fats, and oils used to cook and prepare food. FOG is a solid or viscous substance, which will ultimately create an obstruction in the sewer system if not properly disposed. Restaurants deal with larger volumes of FOG than homeowners and renters, but we all need to do our part.
A byproduct of cooking, FOG comes from meat, fats, lard, oil, shortening, butter, margarine, food scraps, sauces, and dairy products. When washed down the drain, FOG sticks to the insides of sewer pipes. Over time, FOG can build up, block entire pipes, and lead to serious problems.
How should FOG be handled at home?
Many people think home garbage disposals keep grease out of the plumbing system—that is not true. Many detergents claim to dissolve grease, but they simply pass it down the sewer line, causing problems elsewhere.
To dispose of FOG properly, follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Do NOT
Do NOT pour FOG into your sink or toilet
Step 2: Pour
Pour FOG into a can or jar with a lid - a coffee can works well
- Place a lid over the top
- Store it to be reused until full
- When the can is full, throw it in the trash
Step 3: Wipe
Wipe FOG residue from a pans or dishes with a paper towel before washing. Throw the paper towel in the trash
Step 4: Place
Place a strainer in the kitchen sink drain to catch food scraps and other solids, then empty the strainer into the trash