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Guide for Residential FOG

Proper Disposal of Fats, Oil, and Grease (FOG)

ResidentialFOG1Home garbage disposals do not keep FOG out of the plumbing system. These units only shred solid material into smaller pieces and do not prevent FOG from going down the drain.

Commercial additives, including detergents that claim to dissolve grease may pass FOG down the line and cause problems in other areas such as raw sewage overflowing into your home, your neighbor’s home, parks, yards, and streets. These overflows can be expensive and unpleasant for a homeowner to cleanup. These overflows also result in the potential contact with disease-causing organisms and an increase in operation and maintenance costs for your local sewer departments, which in turn can cause higher sewer bills for customers.


What we can do to help. The easiest way to solve the FOG problem and help prevent overflows of raw sewage is to keep this material out of the sewer system in the first place.

There are several ways to do this.

  1. Never pour grease down sink drains or into toilets.  Large quantities of used cooking oil can be recycled at the Carmel Household Hazardous Waste Site located at 901 N. Rangeline Road.

  2. Scrape food scraps trays, plates, pots, pans, utensils, and grills and cooking surfaces into a can or the trash for disposal.

  3. Do not put fog down garbage disposals. Put baskets/strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids, and empty the drain baskets/strainers into the trash for disposal.

  4. Speak with your friends and neighbors about the problem of FOG in the sewer system and how to keep it out.

Call (317) 571-2477 if you have any questions or need additional information.