FOG refers to Fats, Oil and Grease originating in most kitchens, restaurants and food service establishments. As a byproduct of cooking, FOG is usually found in:
FOG CLOGS SEWERS!!
FOG is washed into sewers mainly from food preparation establishments (usually through kitchen sinks and floor drains) that do not have adequate grease control measures in place. FOG attaches to the inner lining of the private plumbing system on your property, as well as the public sewer system in City streets.
With time, the FOG buildup can constrict flow and eventually block the entire pipe, causing sewage backups and overflows. A sewage overflow will find its way from the street level into the storm drain, which finally leads to the river.
OTHER POTENTIAL COSTS AND CONSEQUENCES OF FOG?
Is your restaurant properly disposing of food waste?
Restaurants create a lot of fats, oils and grease waste. Many restaurants follow proper disposal practices but not all restaurant workers and managers know what to do.
If your business causes a fats, oils and grease-related incident, you may be responsible for clean-up costs and/or fined. The result of sewer clogs can be serious. Clogged sewer lines and sewer overflows cause major disruptions to businesses and the city could be hit with fines and lawsuits when overflows make their way to local waterways.
It’s that serious but an easy problem to solve. This page features resources designed to help restaurant owners, managers and employees properly dispose of fats, oils and grease.
City representatives will visit restaurants to provide information about proper fats, oils and grease disposal. They can be very helpful in solving your disposal issues. During these unannounced visits, city representatives review:
They want to help you solve any issues you have.
Download these helpful documents and share them with your employees. A good training program will help everyone properly dispose of fats, oils and grease. A few simple steps will create real savings in time, money and hassle. And protect the environment too!
Escalon Municipal Code Section 13.08
Grease Interceptor Diagram
BMP Fact Sheet (English) | (Spanish)