What is NBU's FOG Program?

It is a city-wide public education and awareness program that encourages residents and businesses to beware of the "Grease Goblin" and properly dispose of fats, oils and grease (FOG). Our goals are to increase awareness of the consequences and damages caused by improper grease disposal and to provide educational tools and information to help alleviate grease problems.

Why is NBU calling attention to the program?

 The improper disposal of FOG by NBU customers is increasing and we want to encourage residents and businesses to take action and stop pouring FOG down the sink before it becomes a major problem.

What is the difference between oil and grease?

 The terms are often used interchangeably, but they are very different substances.

  • Grease is the solid white residue left over in the cooled pan after frying meat such as bacon.
  • Oil, such as vegetable oil, is the liquid left over from frying foods and never turns into a solid.
What are the common mistakes people make when disposing of FOG?

 When many people are finished cooking, they tend to dump left-over cooking grease, oils and food scraps down the sink and simply turn on the garbage disposal. Another common mistake is rinsing dishes in the sink with hot water to remove the grease residue left on plates.

What can happen if I dispose of FOG down my kitchen sink?

 Grease makes its way into sewer pipes when oil, butter, shortening and sauces are washed down the kitchen. Improper disposal of FOG can result in blockages in sewer lines and in your own pipes as well. This may lead to property damage, foul odors and road closures due to backed up pipes.

What can I do to help the problem?

 Avoid pouring FOG and food scraps down the kitchen sink. Instead, pour the grease into a sealable container, freeze and dispose in the trash when the container is full. Large amounts of cooking oil and grease can be recycled.

  • Before putting your dirty dishes in the sink, wipe off excess grease with a paper towel and throw the paper towel in the trash.
  • Proper disposal…
    • prevents grease buildups from blocking sewer lines
    • stops sanitary sewer overflows into streets and storm drains, lessening the cost of repairs...not to mention the hassle that goes along with traffic detours and construction work that results from maintenance!
    • protects the quality of our water resources