Fats, Oils And Grease

Protecting Our Sewer Systems From FOG

Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) are byproducts of food preparation, meat cutting, and cooking. FOG can be found in meat fats, oils, shortening, butter, margarine, sauces, and dairy products.

When FOG is left on preparation utensils and poured down drains or garbage disposals, it can build up in our collection systems, which can result in backups into sinks, toilets and drains. These backups pose serious public health and environmental problems - and they can be very costly too.

Pipes clogged by FOG can result in expensive plumbing bills. Keeping FOG out of your drains and the sewer system is good for your home's plumbing. Sewer overflows can also damage the environment and affect the health of our waterways.

Wipes Clog Pipes!

Pasco County is battling the problem of "ragging" - when baby wipes, diapers, dental floss, paper towels and other items not designed for flushing enter our sewer pumps.

Do Not flush these items (or items that do not disintegrate like toilet paper):

  • Paper Towels
  • Diapers
  • Baby wipes
  • Hygienic Wipes
  • Sanitary Napkins/Tampons
  • Condoms

FOG for Business

The Pasco County FOG Program is required to identify and verify all businesses in Pasco County that have the potential to impact the wastewater collection system. The FOG Program is required to inspect businesses annually by performing unannounced on-site visits to evaluate waste management practices. The on-site visits include an evaluation of the proper capacity, management, and operations and maintenance of interceptors/pretreatment devices that impact the wastewater collection system.

How often must my grease interceptor be cleaned?
What is a grease trap/grease interceptor?
What is the difference between a grease trap and a grease interceptor?
What size grease interceptor will I need?
Why do I need one for my restaurant or clubhouse, we only make coffee and sandwiches?