Fats, Oil, and Grease - FOGS

FOGS = Clogs

What are FOGS? FOGS stand for fats, oils, grease, and other solids. FOGS don’t work well in your pipes. When poured down the disposal or drain, these materials can build up and block your pipes and city sewer lines. These clogs can cause sewage overflows, create health risks and damage the environment. If that isn’t enough, it can cost you money in repairs.

Pouring FOGS down the storm drain isn’t the answer either. Storm drains are designed to only carry rainfall runoff from our streets into our local waterways. They are not engineered to accept anything except water. Materials that enter the storm drain are not treated before entering our local waterways.

What You Can Do

Never pour fats, oils, grease or other solids down the drain or disposal. When possible, compost these substances. If composting isn’t an option, then carefully collect your FOGS for disposal. Scrape food scraps from pots, pans and dishes into trash cans and dispose of in the trash. Cool used oil and grease, then pour into secure containers such as used metal cans or the original oil container, and dispose of in the trash.

You can also collect and recycle your used cooking oil at the Environmental Collection Center on the second Saturday of every month from 10 am - 3 pm, and the Thursday and Friday before the second Saturday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Holiday Grease Roundup

The Environmental Collection Center hosts an annual Holiday Grease Roundup. This collection is for cooking oil and grease only. Motor oil and other automotive fluids are not accepted. A special drop off location is maintained during this event on a 24 hour basis. The Cooking-Oil Drop-Off Station is located outside the dumpster area at 620 S. Wisteria St. Check the City calendar for this year’s event.

Additional Information

Visit NCTCOG Defend Your Drains for more information.

For questions, please contact David Macias.