Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - F.O.G stands for fat, oil, and grease buildup, and CBJ would like to remind the community of proper disposal.
CBJ Utility said it's easy to manage this waste correctly.
FOG comes from meat fats in food scraps, cooking oil, shortening, lard, butter and margarine, gravy, and food products such as mayonnaise, salad dressings, and sour cream - all of the traditional ingredients used in holiday feasts.
FOG poured down kitchen drains accumulates inside sewer pipes.
As the FOG builds up, it restricts the flow in the pipe and can cause untreated wastewater to back up into homes and businesses, resulting in high costs for cleanup and restoration.
FOG also causes malfunctions in septic and wastewater treatment systems, ranging in size from a single home septic system all the way up to the size of CBJ's three main treatment plants. Keeping FOG out of the sewer system helps everyone in the community, and it helps keep freshwater and marine life clean.
Here are simple steps at home to prevent FOG from entering Juneau sewers:
- Never pour fats, oils, or grease into drains or flush down toilets.
- When cooking, pour any fats, oils, or grease into an empty jar. These materials solidify when cooled. Once the jar is full, secure the lid and put it in the trash.
- Do not pour grease into your garbage disposal. Put any food scraps and disposable utensils in the trash.