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East Point FOG Program

Fats, Oils & Grease/Commercial Pretreatment Program


 Residential Areas

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.

What can you do to help?

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. 


Commercial Generators

Permit Information

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




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East Point, Georgia 30344