Keeping Sinks Clog-Free During the Holiday Season

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Fontana California


November 20, 2018

Cease the Grease - Keep Your Sinks Clog-Free this Holiday Season

Fats, Oils and Grease

Click on the Image Above to Learn How to Cease the Grease

Fontana, Calif.Many residents will enjoy cooking with family and friends this holiday season. The City of Fontana Public Works Department advises residents to dispose of food waste properly. Fats, oils and grease (also known as FOG) can clog sewer pipes and cause overflows. 

What is FOG? FOG is a byproduct of cooking from meat fats, lard, oils, shortening, butter, margarine, food scraps, baked goods, sauces and dairy products. When washed down the sink, FOG sticks to the insides of sewer pipes and over time can build up and block entire portions of the property plumbing.

Why is FOG a problem? Waste FOG accumulates in the sewer system causing obstruction or blockage of the sewer pipe, ultimately resulting in a sewer overflow. FOG also accumulates in pump station wet wells causing a decrease in capacities and an increase in maintenance requirements.

To prevent clogged pipes do not pour FOG down sinks. Scrape grease and food waste into the trash and use strainers in your kitchen sink to catch food particles and then empty into the trash. For larger amounts of FOG collect in an old can, jar or bottle and bring to the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Center for free recycling. To reduce the harmful effects of FOG pollution year-round, incorporate disposal tips into everyday cooking habits. 

The HHW Center is open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 16454 Orange Way. Residents must bring a copy of their Burrtec trash bill to verify residency or a picture ID with their Fontana city address. The Center will be closed:

  • November 24, 2018
  • December 22, 2018
  • December 29, 2018

The City of Fontana wishes everyone a FOG-clog free holiday season. Learn more about Fats, Oils and Grease here.