Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG) Program

Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) includes, cooking oil, meats, fat, lard, grease, butter, dairy products, sauces, salad dressings, shortening, and margarine used in food processing in the preparation of meals. FOG enters the City’s sewer system through sinks, floor drains, dishwashers, and other plumbed kitchen equipment.

FOG and solid food waste entering your drains may cause blockages in either plumbing or sewer lines by building up along pipe walls. This can lead to a sewer overflow inside your home, business, adjacent buildings, streets, or the environment. These spills are a safety hazard that can endanger public health and negatively impact our Avalon Bay.

Food service establishments are a major source of FOG. State and Federal agencies require the City of Avalon to enforce limitations on the amount of grease and debris that goes into the sewer system. The best way to stop these substances from building up in sewer lines is to prevent them from entering your drains in the first place by using Best Management Practices (BMBs), and Grease Control Devices (GCDs) as outlined in Municipal Code Chapter Title 6 Article 4, Fats, Oils, and Grease.

 If you are a business and have any questions please do not hesitate to call (310) 510-0220 ext. 116.

FOG Program Resources