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Keep Sewers Fat-Free

Did you know that Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) are bad not only for your arteries and waistline but for your sewers, too? They may not be toxic, but they will clog your pipes and sewer. During the holiday season and year-round, easily and properly dispose of your FOG by following these simple guidelines:

  • DON'T pour FOG into sink drains or toilets.
  • DON'T use warm water and soap to wash FOG down the drain; it will only cause clogs further on in the sewer system.

DO manage FOG properly.

  • For small amounts of FOG, scrape out or use paper towels to wipe your pans, and then place the FOG or soiled paper towels in your Food Scrap pail. You can also pour cooled FOG into an old paper milk or ice cream carton, let harden and then place it in your green (organics) cart.
  • For large amounts of FOG, such as used oil from a turkey fryer, collect cooled oil in a sealable container and take it to the Alameda County Household Hazardous Waste Facility in Livermore. Please note that State Regulations limit the amount of waste you may transport to 15 gallons of liquid waste (refers to the actual contents of the containers, not the container size), or 125 lbs solid waste. Individual items/containers must be no larger than 5 gallons or weigh no more than 50 lbs

For more information on the proper disposal of Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG):