How to Control FOG- Fats Oils & Grease from entering our Sewers
Fats, oil and grease (FOG) that is found in food ingredients such as meat,
cooking oil, shortening, butter, margarine, baked goods, sauces and dairy products, is a major concern for any city or county sewers and even at home. Residual fats, oils and grease are by-products that food service establishments must constantly manage. Food service establishments; ie. restaurants, are a significant source of fats, oil and grease (FOG) because of the amount of
grease used in cooking.Typically, FOG enters the facility's plumbing system from washing of the fryers, floors and equipment sanitizing. The best way to manage FOG is to keep the material out of the plumbing systems. When not disposed of properly, FOG builds up in the sewer system as well as plumbing lines constricting flow, which can cause slow draining sinks and even sewer back-ups into homes and overflow discharges onto streets. It can also interfere with sewage treatment processes at the Wastewater Treatment Plants. Through the implementation of using the "new school" train of thought, is a better way at the point of initital clean up that the business handles their FOG, these establishments should be able to significantly reduce the amount of FOG that goes down their drains. This will minimize back-ups and help business owners comply with their local City’s requirements. To work effectively, sewer systems need to be properly maintained, from the drain to the treatment plant. If FOG wastes are disposed of correctly, the sewer system can handle them without any problem. Grease is an example of a waste that the sewer system cannot handle, and therefore should not be put down the drain. Municipaltalities needs businesses and individuals to do their part to maintain the system because repeated repairs are disruptive to residences and businesses alike. Furthermore, proper disposal by commercial establishments is required by law.
Staus Quo now is the Wet Cleanup. It is a common practice in the food service industry to use the water hose as a broom, and wash everything on the floor & walls down the floor drain as a method of cleanup & disposal. This method not only forces the FOG into the wastewater stream, but also reults in foods, detergents, disinfectants, waxes, insecticides and other chemicals entering into our sewer systems. Sure it takes time to close the pipe up with FOG, but then what &to what expense? Even worse than this mixed wastewater entering the sewer system, it is also sometime simply washed out the back door and into the storm drain where it flows directly into our waterways unfiltered and untreated-the same waterways that we use for recreation, fishing, and to supply our drinking water from. This practice is not only harmful to the environment, but in many Georgia counties, it is illegal and will result in stiff fines and or jail time.
The Preferred Method of Disposal is now the DRY CLEANUP-The better way. Rather than resorting to the "old school" method mentioned above, the EPD recommends the dry cleanup method. The "first pass" in equipment and utensil cleaning should begin with food scrapers, squeegees, or an ABSORBENT such as our NviroClean. Let us show you how there is NO MORE MOPPING NEEDED!