FOG Program on the Horizon March 07, 2018

Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) are a continuing problem nationwide and a large problem in causing sewer blockages which result in sanitary sewer overflows. Every household can do its part to help prevent neighborhood sewer blockages.

Individual efforts can reduce the unforeseen sewer maintenance and operation expenses, as well as reduce the public health risks associated with the overflows. Many cities have FOG programs in place for this reason. As a proactive project, the City of Coos Bay’s Council is working to implement a FOG Program to reduce these materials from entering the sewer systems. The public is invited to a Council Work Session on March 27 to discuss the program in greater detail.

Ways you can help prevent FOG blockages:

  • Placing cooled cooking oil, poultry fats, and meat fats in a sealed non-recyclable container and discard with your regular garbage
  • Use paper towels to wipe residual grease or oil off all dishes, pots, and pans prior to washing them.
  • Use sink strainers to catch food waste
  • Put all food scraps in the trash, not through the garbage disposal