FOG – Fats, Oils, and Greases

Goleta West supports efforts to keep its wastewater system free of fats, oils and greases. In order to prevent blockages to sewer lines or pollution to creeks, wetlands and the ocean, the District pursues ongoing communications and education with its residential and commercial customers.

Every year Goleta West reaches out to customers to explain the benefits to keeping fats, oils and greases out of home and commercial pipes and the community’s waste stream. Fats, oils and greases are a byproduct of cooking, and are found in such things as: meat fats, cooking oil, lard and shortening, butter and margarine. When grease is washed down the drain, it sticks to the inside of sewer pipes (both on your property and in the streets.) Over time, it builds up and can block an entire pipe.

Garbage disposals do not keep grease out of the pipes, they only shred it into smaller pieces. Commercial additives, including detergents that claim to dissolve grease, may pass it down the line and cause problems away from the source.  But the results of a grease-blocked sewer pipe can be sewage overflows in your home or neighborhood resulting in expensive and unpleasant clean ups; possible exposure with disease-causing organisms; or an increase in maintenance costs at GWSD.

How to dispose of your FOG:

Pour FOG into a covered disposable container—such as glass, plastic or a sturdy plastic bag. Store it in the freezer and then put it in the trash after it has hardened.

Use paper towels to wipe greasy dishes before washing. Put the paper towels in the trash.

Use sink strainers to catch food waste.

Put food scraps in compost bin or in the trash.

FOG waste should only be put in the trash.

For more information on GWSD’s program see pages 13 – 15 of our Sewer System Management Plan.

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