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No FOG Down Your Drain!
What is FOG?
FOG stands for Fats, Oils and Grease. Some examples of FOG include: greasy food scraps, pan drippings, cooking oil and shortening, fat from meats, dairy products, oily sauces and salad dressing.
What happens when FOG is in the sewer?
When FOG is poured down the drain at home or work, sewer blockages and overflows can occur. Sewer overflows spill raw sewage onto Oakland streets and sidewalks, into storm drains leading to the Bay and onto your property.
(Image courtesy of EBMUD)
How Oakland is Reducing FOG in Sewers
- The City restricts the use of the public sanitary sewer system to the discharge of sewage that does not endanger the condition, operation or capacity of the system.
- The City prohibits the discharge of FOG into the sanitary sewer system, and reserves the right to disconnect buildings from the sanitary sewer system at the property owner's expense, per Oakland Municipal Code Chapter 13.08 - Building Sewers.
- The City and East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) are conducting FOG outreach to residences and restaurants regarding proper disposal of FOG.
- EBMUD checks restaurants for grease control devices (GCDs) and informs the City of those without GCDs.
Guidelines for Residents
By following these guidelines, you can help avoid sewer overflows, backups and costly repairs at home:
- Pour cooking oils and grease into an empty milk carton or other sturdy paper container
- Remove remaining FOG by scraping greasy pans and absorbing oil with a paper towel
- Dispose of these items in your green yard trimmings cart (if available) or garbage
To recycle larger amounts of FOG, please take it to a local FOG drop-off location
Review the EBMUD Avoid A Clog Brochure
(Scraper image courtesy of EBMUD)
Guidelines for Restaurants & Food Service Establishments
By following these guidelines, restaurants and food service establishments can help avoid sewer overflows, backups and costly repairs:
- Observe the Best Management Practices suggested by EBMUD
- Restaurants and food service establishments should install used oil recycling containers and grease control devices to prevent FOG from entering the sewer
- Used oil recycling containers and grease control devices should be emptied regularly by a liquid waste hauler
- A service log should be kept and made available to an EBMUD inspector
FOG Outreach & Information
- September 2014 - Residential FOG Postcard
- October 2013 & October 2014 - Garbage Bill Insert & Handout
- August 2013 - FOG Radio PSA - Holiday Grease
- August 2013 - FOG Radio PSA - Informational
- EBMUD FOG FAQ's
- EBMUD Commercial FOG Website
- FOG Science
- Best Management Practices for Restaurants - Alameda County Clean Water Program