Put F.O.G. Where It Belongs: The Trash
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, remember to properly dispose of fats, oils, and grease (F.O.G.) especially if you fry a turkey.
Up to five gallons of used cooking oil can be disposed via Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services Household Hazardous Waste areas at the Central Transfer Station (8 a.m.-5 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) or the Anchorage Regional Landfill (8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday). Note: The Central Transfer Station and the Anchorage Regional Landfill will close at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
FOG can be found in many of the foods we eat, especially meats, sauces, salad dressings, cookies, cake icings, ketchup, mayonnaise and other items. Washing dishes, cleaning the sauce pan or draining the grease from cooking bacon, you add F.O.G. to your sewer service and the Utility’s sanitary sewer system.
Fats, oils and grease are the major factor in most of the sanitary sewer overflows that occur in homes and businesses, creating major health hazards.
When fats, oils and grease are dissolved in hot and/or soapy water and washed down the drain, the FOG begins to cool and solidify. The greasy mixture tends to stick to the walls of the drain pipe. The mixture may or may not make it out of your drains and if it does, the sticky mess adds to a growing problem around the country.
As the grease solidifies in the sewer collection system, it creates mats on the sides of pipes; debris begins to lodge in the mats until it blocks off the sewer main. If water can’t flow down the sewer main, the result can be an overflow of sewage into the environment or backup into homes, restaurants and businesses. This can be very costly to homeowners, business owners and the Utility.
You can help:
- NEVER pour grease down the drains or in the toilets.
- SCRAPE your plates and wipe your pots and pans before washing.
- DISPOSE of fats, oils, and grease into a container. Take large containers to the landfill for proper disposal.
- COMMUNICATE with your family and friends about the problems of pouring grease down their sink drains and the problems that occur in their sanitary sewer system.
For more information on proper disposal, check out Solid Waste's Recycling: What Goes Where?