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Food Service Establishments: Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG)
Fats, Oils & Grease

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Did you know that pouring fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the drain into a City sanitary sewer or storm drain can result in serious fines or can shut down your business?

FOG includes any (F)ats, (O)ils and (G)rease used in cooking and meat cutting that come from seafood and meat fats, vegetable and olive oil, shortening, butter, margarine, sauces, salad dressings and dairy products. FOG poured down kitchen sinks solidifies when deposited into sewer lines, trapping solids and forming hard deposits that buildup and eventually cause blockages and breaks to city pipes. Pipe blockages can result in raw sewage overflowing from manholes, backing up into homes and businesses and overflowing into streams.

The following provides information to food service establishments on the problems associated with FOG discharges and how to employ Best Management Practices (BMPs) to correctly manage FOG:

Environmental Management Division
111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850

Ph: 240-314-8870

To report pollution or illegal dumping

Ph: 240-314-8348