If you harvest leaves, twigs and other yard waste into a pile in a corner of your yard in the fall months, by the spring, it will transform into a rich, dark, soil-like material that can nourish plants and improve the soil texture of your garden.
Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are one of the leading causes of sewer overflows. There are simple steps which residents can take to prevent FOG from adversely affecting their homes and communities. The easiest way to solve grease problems and prevent blockages is to keep FOG out of the sewer system.
FOG represents one of the largest problems for sewer utilities and their customers. Blockages due to coagulated grease in pipes are thought to be the leading cause of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs). SSOs are backups in either the public sewer or residential plumbing. Although often unintentional, the injection of FOG into the sewer system poses a significant risk to household plumbing and public sewer systems.
Garbage disposals, or food grinders, can be useful appliances when used properly. The grinding of raw vegetables and certain other discarded food products not cooked with grease, butter or oils are potentially useful when transported to the sewer treatment plant as they can be recycled in an environmentally useful manner. Conversely, the grinding of meat products, dairy products or other cooked foods allows grease to be temporarily ground and introduced into the sewer system. FOG will accumulate and eventually form blockages, often causing SSOs.
Most grease is a byproduct of cooking
and is usually found in such things as:
For information about FOG in commercial kitchens, see our Commercial Kitchen Grease Trap Guidelines brochure.