What is FOG and How To Dispose of it Properly

If you’re in the food preparation industry, you’re no stranger to FOG. FOG stands for liquified fat, oil or grease. NYC and many other cities have clear mandates on proper disposal of FOG and impose stiff fines for not practicing strict adherence to their waste oil removal guidelines. NYCCAG is a licensed waste removal /transport company committed to neatly and safely removing your used cooking oil and grease – proudly serving our environment through proper disposal and handling of FOG throughout NYC including Staten Island, Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens. Let’s cover the basics and best practices for proper FOG disposal…

1. All used cooking oil and grease should be collected in properly provisioned containers. Grease containers must remain closed to keep out pests and trash, and to prevent introduction of rainwater, which can cause overflows. Used Oil Collection Containers such as the ones provided by NYCCAG provide safe and proper storage for all oil and grease until it is picked up by the NYCCAG trucks.

2. Never dump cooking oil, animal fats and grease down the kitchen’s sink, toilet, or sewer drains. NYC’s FOG reduction program requires the use of grease trap/ interceptor programs to prevent sewer back-ups and overflows. NYCCAG provides routine Grease Trap Cleaning maintenance to some of the most popular eateries and cafeterias in NYC and its five boroughs.

3. Never use hot water and detergent to wash grease down the drain as it will cause sludge to buildup as it cools and hardens. That image above is a prime example of what happens to your pipes when improper FOG disposal practices are employed, which can be costly to repair and remedy.

4. Scrape and/or wipe all food from dishes, cookware, and utensils into the trash before washing.

5. Provide timely drain service maintenance including hydro-flushing and line jetting as part of your preventive maintenance and a means by which drain and sewer lines can remain clear. NYCCAG provides these and other drain cleaning services for NYC restaurants, hospitals, stadiums, hotels, schools and apartment complexes every day.

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