Food Service Establishment FOG Resources

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The unique properties of FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) make it one of the leading causes of sewer back-ups in the United States. As FOG cools, it begins to congeal and will eventually become solid. Once FOG is in a solid state, it can create a blockage in the sewer pipes. As sewer pipes become blocked, they can cause sewage back-ups into your basement/business and/or blockages in the public sewer line. This results in sanitary sewer back-ups and overflows (SSOs) into numerous properties and/or the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports 47% of all reported sewer blockages were a result of FOG. Proper participation in the Town of Orleans’ FOG program can keep sewer maintenance/repair costs down as well as protect public health, safety, and the environment. For more FOG Program related information, please review the EPA FOG Factsheet.


Any FSE whose business process has the potential to have FOG as a byproduct and discharges to the Town’s wastewater infrastructure will be required to follow the regulations of the FOG Management Plan per the Town of Orleans Sewer Use Rules and Regulations.

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