Fats, Oils &
Grease/Commercial Pretreatment Program
Where does FOG come from?
Fats, Oils, & Grease (FOG) is a byproduct of cooking. FOG
includes animal and vegetable oils/fats used to cook and prepare food. Examples
of FOG are cooking oil, butter, lard, shortening, margarine, gravy, sauces, meats,
sour cream, and mayonnaise.
Why is FOG a problem?
When FOG is not disposed of properly and enters the City of
East Point sanitary sewer system, over time, the buildup of FOG inside sewer
pipes restrict the flow of wastewater
which cause sanitary sewer overflows/backup’s (SSO’s). This can lead to raw
sewerage overflowing into your home, yard, streets, parks and eventually
neighboring streams. Maintenance and damages caused by SSO’s are paid for by
East Point residents. The good news is community members like you have the
power to easily prevent damage from FOG, contributing to a better quality of
life here in East Point.
Don’ts of Recycling Grease
DON’T pour FOG into the drain.
DON’T scrape food scraps down the drain.
DON’T pour liquid foods (syrups, batters, gravy, etc) down the drain.
DON’T run how water over greasy dishes, pans or fryers.
DON’T use chemicals to remove grease clogs; they can damage the piping system
Do’s of Recycling Grease
DO place cooled oil and grease into trash bins or covered collection containers.
DO be aware of oils such as salad dressing, cheese, cookies, pastries, sauces and different forms of gravy.
DO scrape food scraps from dishes into trash bins.
DO manually wipe off all visible fats, oils, grease and food residue from dishes and cookware into trash bins.
DO use a strainer in the sink to collect excess food particles.
DO clean up grease spills with absorbent material and place into trash bins.
Do encourage neighbors to help keep fats, oils and grease out of the sewer system.
All commercial waste generators who have a pretreatment system are required to obtain a Commercial Waste Discharge Permit annually between January and March 31, every year.
Best Management Practices for Generators
Post “No Grease” signs above sinks and above dishwashers
Use a three-sink washing system for washing, rinsing, and sanitizing
Recycle waste cooking oil
Dry wipe pots, pans and dishware prior to washing
Dispose of food waste by recycling or solid waste removal
For additional information, technical assistance or if you would like to schedule an appointment to provide information to residents, HOA’s, apartment complexes or schools, please contact
Melissa Echevarria, Environmental Compliance Manager
City of East Point Commercial Pretreatment Program
1526 E. Forrest Ave; Suite 400
East Point, GA 30344
Phone: (404) 270-7117
Fax: (404) 559-4437