Beware the FOG to Prevent the CLOG

FOG Graphic1FOG build up in your drainage pipes can be potentially damaging to our wastewater collection and treatment systems. When FOG is poured down the drain, it coats the inside of pipes, which will eventually lead to a blockage.

WHAT IS FOG?

FOG is an acronym for Fats, Oils, and Grease that comes from deep fried foods, or occurs naturally in many foods, which leaves a residue behind on dishware that has been used to handle and prepare food.

HOW IS IT HARMFUL?

When dishware is washed with hot water and detergents the FOG residue becomes liquefied and is mixed with the dishwater, causing the mixed FOG to be discharged with wastewater into our plumbing wastewater drain lines.

HOW CAN YOU PREVENT IT?

  • Pour cooled FOG into a container and place it in the trash instead of down the drain.
  • Before washing, use a paper towel to wipe FOG from dishes and dispose of it in the trash.
  • Use sink strainers to catch food waste.
  • Recycle it by bringing it to our Water Resources Recovery Facility located at 2032 Blanton Dr. FOG graphic 2

COMMON INGREDIENTS THAT PRODUCE FOG:

  • Dairy Products
  • Butter/Margarine
  • Lard/Shortening
  • Food Scraps
  • Meat Fats
  • Sauces
  • Soups
  • Icing


**For more information, about the best management practices to reduce the amount of FOG in your drains, head over to our website at https://www.murfreesborotn.gov/1183/Dos-and-Donts to see a list of FOG Do’s and Don’ts. You can also contact Water Resources Recovery Facility Manager, John Strickland, at 615-848-3225.

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