Avoid Holiday FOG
Learn Why It Matters to You.
Actions – both big and small – have a profound effect on the health of the Reedy River. One way area citizens can help is by ensuring that fats, oils, and grease – FOG – stay out of drains, protecting pipes from harmful buildup and blockages.
Improper disposal can lead to major issues – and expensive consequences – for your pipes. As FOG make their way down your drain and through your pipes, they will stick to the inside of pipes, slowly but surely building up. Over time, fatty buildup – appropriately known as “fatbergs” – will form, causing clogs then blockages. Ultimately, the blockages can cause raw sewage to overflow, threatening our water quality.
And to resolve the messy damages? That responsibility and cost both fall on you, the homeowner. You may even be responsible for repairing or replacing the pipes between your home and main lines. So next time you’re cleaning up from a home-cooked meal, keep fats, oils, and grease where they belong.
Pour FOG into a container, like a coffee can, used soup can, or glass jar, and allow the FOG to cool and harden.
Put your FOG container into the freezer to cool even faster.
Once cooled, simply toss your hardened FOG liner or disposal container in the trash.
Scrape food remnants from dishes and utensils directly into the trash.
Wipe pots and pans with a dry paper towel to soak up FOG residue before rinsing or washing them.
Want to learn more? Avoid Holiday FOG with more helpful tips from the Reedy River Water Quality Group.