HOW DO I COMPLY WITH MY CITY’S FOG ORDINANCE?
FOG includes animal and vegetable fats, oils, and greases commonly used and generated from cooking and food and drink preparation. Common items include mayonnaise, ketchup, mustards, dressings, marinades, sauces and soda. It ends up on cookware, dishware, kitchen equipment, and floors. When these items are cleaned, the FOG is washed off into the plumbing system, where it begins to cool and separate from the dishwater.
FOG then causes blockages in facilities with foodservices that extend through their business and neighboring buildings all the way to local waterways, potentially causing a loss of business and severe public health impacts.
Many districts are now implementing ordinances that may result in expensive cleanup costs as well as fines from regulatory agencies. In fact, sewer blockages and backups can cause restaurants and other food and drink service establishments to be closed down and/or be held financially responsible for resulting damages.