Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG)

Impacts of improperly disposing of fats, oil, and grease

Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) comes from meat fats in food scraps, cooking oil, shortening, lard, butter and margarine, gravy, and food products such as mayonnaise, salad dressings, and sour cream.

FOG poured down kitchen drains accumulates inside sewer pipes. As the FOG builds up, it restricts the flow in the pipe and can cause untreated wastewater to back up into homes and businesses, resulting in high costs for cleanup and restoration.

Manholes can overflow into parks, yards, streets, and storm drains, allowing untreated sewage to contaminate local waterways.

FOG discharged into septic systems and drain fields can also cause malfunctions, resulting in more frequent tank pump-outs and other more costly expenses, like system replacement due to premature failure.

Restaurants, cafeterias, and fast-food establishments spend thousands of dollars on plumbing emergencies each year to deal with grease blockages and pump out grease traps and interceptors.

Unplugging or replacing grease-blocked pipes, repairing pump stations, and cleaning up sewer overflows is very costly and can affect the quality of local waterways.

So, keeping FOG out of the sewer system helps everyone in the community.

What You Can Do to Reduce FOG

Just a few simple actions can prevent FOG buildup in the sewer system.  Here in Perinton…

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Contact Information

Email: Sewer Department

Perry L. Stolt

Deputy Commissioner of Public Works – Sewers

Business Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30am to 4:00pm
Phone: (585) 223-5115 / Fax: (585) 223-0448
After Hours Contact: (585) 425-7380