FOG (Fats, Oils, Grease)

The City of Wadsworth has implemented a program to actively control the amount of fats, oils & grease (FOG) that is being discharged into its sanitary sewer system. FOG can have a profound negative impact on wastewater collection and treatment systems. Many local establishments already participate in FOG recycling programs and ensuring that grease traps/interceptors are properly installed and maintained. The Rules & Regulations for the FOG program (Chapter 4, Section 5) can be viewed here.

Smaller grease traps (usually located inside an establishment) are normally maintained and cleaned by employees of the establishment. Larger grease interceptors (usually located outside underground) are normally maintained and cleaned by an outside permitted hauler or recycler who will remove the entire volume (liquid and solid) and dispose of the material in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws.

While food establishments are one of the contributors to FOG material, residential households can also do their part to keep sewers clear. Individuals can take a few simple steps, such as:

  • Do not pour fats, oils, and grease down the drain.  Don’t rely on your garbage disposal and sink drain to get rid of the grease.
  • Use a paper towel or napkin to remove greasy leftovers from pots and dishes prior to washing in the sink or dishwasher.
  • Pour cooking oils & scrape grease into a container and dispose in the garbage.
  • Food waste can also contain FOG.  Place leftover food, scraps, and fat trimmings in the garbage, not in the garbage disposal.
  • FOG flyer


City employees periodically visit food service establishments in the City to review their methods of grease retention and to check records indicating proper maintenance and disposal. Food establishments must complete the City’s FOG Questionnaire and return it to Kristi Babcock, Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent.