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Fats, oils and grease rinsed down sinks can clog sewer pipes like this one.

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Fats, Oils and Grease (commonly referred to as FOG) present a big problem to the City of Columbia's sewer system. Improper cleanup practices allow food particles, oil and grease, and cleaning products to flow to the sewer system. These problems create environmental and public health concerns. When not disposed of properly, FOG form thick layers inside the sewer system and prevent normal flow. Clogged systems result in sewage spills, overflows, and odor problems. FOGs also attract insects and small animals, causing worse problems in the City's sewer systems.

Any business that regularly prepares food, whether for on-site consumption like restaurants and schools, or for late consumption, like grocery stores, has the potential to add FOG to our sewer system. Under Sewer Use Ordinance Sec. 23-114, these businesses need to make sure they have proper structures and procedures in place to prevent FOG from entering our sewers.

The City recently hosted two Fats, Oils & Grease Workshops for Commercial KitchensRead More...

Businesses who work with fats, oils and grease need to prevent FOG from entering the City's sewer system. These businesses include:

Restaurants | Schools | Hotels | Any other food prep facility

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