Fats, Oils & Grease

Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG)

When Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) go down the drain, they build up in pipes to cause clogs. These clogs can cause a sewer pipe to break or back up into the street, causing a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO):

  • SSOs contain harmful bacteria unhealthy for people and pets.
  • Sewer water may spill into the gutter and storm drain system and contaminate local waterways.
  • Untreated sewage that reaches waterways can cause foul odors, kill wildlife, and cause illness in people and pets.

Report sewage bubbling up from a maintenance hole or pooling in a grassy area to the City immediately by calling the 24-Hour Emergency Service Center.    

Prevent SSOs

At Home

  • Never pour grease down sinks, drains, or toilets.
  • Collect cooking fats, oils, and grease into a closed container and dispose of them in the garbage.
  • Before washing, wipe grease from pans with a paper towel.
  • Catch food scraps with baskets or strainers in sink drains; throw scrapes in the Organics (green/food waste) cart.
  • Visit the Residents page for more ways to prevent SSOs.

Restaurants and Building Owners

  • Recycle grease and oil.
  • Dry wipe pots, pans, and dishware before washing.
  • Do not pour FOG down sinks, floor drains, or onto parking lots or streets.
  • Check and maintain grease traps regularly.
  • Never put solids into grease traps or interceptors.
  • Provide regular employee training on the proper disposal of FOG.
  • Visit our Businesses page for more ways to prevent SSOs.

External Links

San Joaquin County Household Hazardous Waste Facility - Free local drop off of household waste or unwanted items including cooking and frying oil, leftover paint, pool chemicals, expired or unwanted medications.

Last Update : 11/28/2023, 1:51:49 PM