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F.O.G. (Fats, Oils, and Grease) Program

The F.O.G. Program is an educational outreach to inform the public on the proper disposal of fats, oils, and grease (F.O.G.). It is important to wipe pans out and place grease in the trash, rather than rinse it down drains.

The sewer systems are not equipped to handle the strain that fats, oils, and grease put on them. Grease will congeal and harden in the lines and create blockages. As a result, once the lines get completely blocked, they will burst or overflow from the pressure. Blockages and spills can harm the environment and cost a lot of money to repair.

Do your part! Don’t feed the Grease Goblin. The Grease Goblin causes sewers to overflow. Follow these tips to fight against your drain’s worst enemy:

DO! DON’T!
✔️ Put oil and grease in collection containers ❌ Pour oil and grease down drains
✔️ Remove oil and grease from kitchen utensils, equipment and food preparation areas with scrapers/towels/brooms ❌ Wash fryers/griddles, pots/ pans, and plates with water until oil and grease are removed
✔️ Keep grease out of wash water ❌ Use hot water to rinse grease off surfaces
✔️ Place food scraps in collection containers ❌ Put food scraps down drains

 

We all lose when grease is poured down the drain

Never pour grease down the drain after you have cooked. It creates problems down the line for everyone.

 

Pour leftover grease into a disposal container and place into trash can.

Remember: Scrape it. Can it. Trash it.

When grease enters the sewer system, it turns into a solid creating a blockage.

 

When the lines get clogged with grease, it won’t allow wastewater to flow, therefore an overflow occurs.

 

Environmental impacts occur when sewer spills happen.

 

Not only are spills unsightly, but they could be dangerous to your health.

 

It costs time and (your) money to maintain and clean up sewer spills.

 

We need you to do your part to keep the pipes flowing.

 

What can I do to help?

(1) Never flush disposable wipes down the toilet, even if they are advertised as flushable.

(2) Never put grease down the sink, in the toilet, or down a floor drain.

(3) Always scrape pots, pans, and dishes clean in the trash can before washing them in the sink or placing them in dishwasher.

Free Grease Storage Topper

Stop by our Utility Billing office for a convenient, FREE can top for grease storage and disposal!

Additional Resources

F.O.G. Ordinance

Contact Information

Brunswick County

For questions or more information about the F.O.G. Program, contact Brunswick County’s Pretreatment Coordinator Brian Blanton.

(910) 253-2841 | brian.blanton@brunswickcountync.gov

North Carolina

For general questions about the environment, regulations and other topics, contact N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Customer Service.

+1 (877) 623-6748

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