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Beware the Grease Grinch

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Fat Free Drains

There is FOG in the sewers—but it’s not that misty stuff that fills the air. The term “FOG” stands for fats, oils and grease. Originating in our kitchens, it clogs sanitary sewer systems across Hampton Roads and is a harmful threat to the environment.

GOOD TO KNOW

In addition to cooking oil and cooking grease, FOG includes:

  • meat fats
  • lard/shortening
  • butter/margarine
  • food scraps
  • dairy products
  • batters and icing
  • dressings and sauces

Another culprit to FOG build-up in our sanitary sewer system? Excessive use of garbage disposals.

GOOD TO DO

Keeping our drains fat free is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Can the Grease
    • Pour used cooking grease into an empty, heat safe container, such as a soup can, and store it in the freezer. Once solidified, toss the can into the garbage.
  2.  Scrape Your Plate
    • Wipe all pots, pans, dishes, and cooking utensils with a paper towel prior to washing to absorb the grease.
  3.  Catch the Scraps
    • Eliminate using the garbage disposal. Catch food scraps in your sink with a basket or strainer and toss them into the trash or compost bin.

Large quantities of household fats, oils or grease accumulated from cooking, frying, and general food preparation can sometimes be recycled.

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