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Fats, Oils & Grease Management
What is FOG?

FOG is Fats, Oils and Grease that is generated in restaurants and in your home as a by-product of handling and preparing food for consumption. To find out where FOG comes from and why FOG is a problem, please see FAQ’s for more information.

A Special Message about Disposable / “Flushable” Wipes


Please take note of a relatively new problem that has been encountered in the wastewater collection and treatment systems – the disposable or “flushable” wipe. Disposable wipes (e.g. baby wipes, flushable wipes, shop towels, etc.) are particularly problematic for wastewater collection and treatment systems because of the manner in which they are constructed. Disposable wipes are fibered, which makes them very strong, even when wet. Unfortunately, it also makes them non-degradable, which means they don’t break down into smaller pieces when immersed and even agitated in water. Because they don’t break down, disposable wipes mix with FOG and other particles in the wastewater collection system creating blockages and clogging wastewater pumps causing them to fail, both of which may result in an overflow.

FOG Do’s and Don’ts for Business and Residential

Best Management Practices (BMP) are actions that you can take to not only help us reduce and minimize the amount of FOG discharged to the wastewater collection and treatment systems, but also help us eliminate disposable wipes, too. We have listed some of these BMP’s below:

  • Never flush disposable wipes (baby, flushable, shop towels, etc.) down toilets, even if they are marketed as “flushable”.
  • Never pour oil or grease down any drain such as floor drains, sinks or toilets.
  • Avoid flushing food particles including coffee grounds, dairy products and sugar down drains.
  • Never dump oil or grease on the ground or in a storm drain. Remember only rain in the drain.
  • Don’t use or discontinue use of food grinders / garbage disposals in your home. Food grinders / garbage disposals are prohibited for use in commercial establishments.

  • Dispose of all wipe products (baby, flushable, shop towels, etc.) with solid waste.
  • Scrape or dry wipe all pots, pans and dishes before washing.
  • Post “No Grease” signs above sinks.
  • Use drain screens to keep food particles and other foreign debris out of the drains.
  • Recycle excess grease and oil; use the grease recycling bin, not sinks or toilets.
  • Mix excess oil with an oil absorbent material such as cat litter and dispose of with solid waste


The sole purpose of the Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Management Program is to minimize the amount of FOG laden wastewater that is discharged to the City of Murfreesboro’s wastewater collection and treatment systems by commercial FOG generating establishments. Management of FOG is essential to protect the public health and environment by ensuring that the wastewater collection and treatment systems are operated efficiently and effectively.

The City of Murfreesboro’s Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Management Program is based on Murfreesboro City Code Chapter 33, Article III under guidance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

Contact Us
Michael McMurry
FOG Program Coordinator

2032 Blanton Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

Phone: (615) 848-3225
Mobile: (615) 642-0461
Fax: (615) 895-1241