Fats, Oils & Grease Program
In an effort to comply with recent State regulations, the City of Reidsville Public Works Department has developed a F.O.G. (Fats, Oil and Grease) program. The program’s main goal is to prevent the accumulation of cooking grease in the sanitary sewer system. The City currently has over 60 food service establishments participating in this program. The purpose of the program is to enable the City to comply with applicable federal/state laws and to aid in the prevention of sanitary sewer overflows and/or blockages.
A leading cause of sewer blockages across North Carolina is the accumulation of fats, oils and grease (FOG) in household and commercial kitchens where large amounts of fats, oils and grease are produced. These by-products of cooking are not good for the sanitary sewer system. Over time they begin to stick to the sides of the sewer lines and build up, eventually causing a backup. The blockages cause sanitary sewer overflows into local waterways and backups into nearby homes and businesses. The maintenance cost associated with the blockages is passed along to all sewer customers. This additional cost would be unnecessary if the problem did not exist. Clearly, the prevention of grease entering into our sanitary sewers is the key to solving this problem.
Increasing public awareness of the importance of routine maintenance and servicing of grease interceptors (traps) will be a crucial aspect of our program and will play a large role in enabling us to provide services for our community in a safe, cost-effective manner.
Want more information?
The F.O.G. Coordinator is available for educational presentations to homeowner associations, neighborhood groups, apartment complexes and schools. Please call 336-349-1266 for more information.