KEEP FATS, OILS AND GREASE
AWAY FROM SINK DRAINS AND TOILETS
For questions/concerns, call the Environmental Compliance Division at 626-570-5067.
For city-related sewer problems, call the Customer Service Division at 626-570-5061.
NOTE: NEW COMMERCIAL FOG ORDINANCE IS NOW IN EFFECT
Please contact city staff or the Alhambra Municipal Code for more information.
FOG is an acronym for fats, oils and grease and what happens when they are
improperly poured down a drain or toilet. The ramifications of FOG can result in a
host of nasty and expensive problems ranging from clogging a home plumbing system to
the inability to remove waste from city sewer lines.
CLICK HERE to view Tips about Controlling Fats, Oil & Grease
HOW FOG OCCURS:
- FOG typically happens when grease and oils used in the home flows down a drain a toilet, or a restaurant does not properly maintain its grease traps.
- Oils and lubricants discharged into floor drains can also result in "FOG."
- Food scraps (such as meats, sauces, salad dressings, deep-fried dishes, cookies, pastries, and butter)that are washed down the drain contribute to the effects of FOG by adhering to and clogging the city’s
sewer lines. Grease build-up in the sewer system can reduce or block the capacity of the sewer pipes, leading to the need for increased cleaning, maintenance and replacement of lines.
- FOG can interfere with the normal treatment of wastewater and cause sewer spills - leading to problems no one wants to deal with, such as raw, septic sewage that backs up into your home or neighbor’s home – or which can overflow into neighborhood parks, yards and streets, followed by expensive and
- Home garbage disposals do not keep grease out of the sewer system, or prevent grease from building up. Products such as detergents that claim to dissolve grease may pass the grease down the pipeline and cause problems elsewhere.
PREVENTING FOG BUILDUP:
- Always scrape grease and food scraps from trays, plates, pots, pans, utensils, grills and other cooking surfaces and place into the trash for disposal.
- Pour fats, oils and grease into a container such as an empty jar or coffee can. Once the materials have cooled and solidified, secure the lid and throw it in the trash.
- Don’t put grease down a garbage disposal. Put drain baskets/strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids – and empty them into the trash.