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Correctly Dispose of Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG)

Correctly Dispose of Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG)

What you pour down your sink may be costing you money, time and hassle.

Leftover fats, oils, and grease (FOG) from food can consist of liquid, solid, yellow or brown grease substances.  these should never be poured down a drain or toilet.  FOG may be liquid when poured but can solidify in your plumbing.  Over time it can clog your pipes, spilling raw sewage into a street, a stream or even your own home.  Repairing clogged pipes can cost hundreds of dollars to fix and thousands of dollars if the clog causes wastewater to spill out and damage bathrooms and floors.

What to do with FOG:

  1. Try removing grease from plates and utensils by wiping oily dishes with a paper towels, then place it in your green compost cart.
  2. For small amounts of oil and grease, use paper towels or other compostable items to absorb them and place them in your green compost cart.
  3. Bring large amounts of unwanted cooking oil to the Household Hazardous Waste Station.
  4. Consider using dry absorbent materials to clean up spills and dispose in the trash.

What to do with food scraps:

  1. Try composting produce scraps at home to reduce waste, create healthy soil and improve your garden.< /li>
  2. Toss any meat scraps, bones, or dairy products in the green cart with the lawn trimmings.  See http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/pwd/zerowaste/projects/foodscraps.asp for details.

Have a clogged sewer line?  Always call us before calling a plumber!  The City needs to check the line to make sure that no other utility services will be damaged by clearing it.  Call us at (650) 496-6995 and visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/safeutility for more information on avoiding sewer backups and safety information.

Last Updated: December 31, 2014