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Posted on: October 9, 2018


Researchers estimate that U.S. restaurants produce about 25 billion gallons of used cooking oil every week. Much of these fats, oil and grease (FOG) end up in sewers and water systems, causing expensive blockages and backups, as well as overflows that damage the environment.

One teaspoon of grease, oil or fat from each of City of Opelika’s nearly 10,000 sewer customers creates seven 55-gallon drums of fats, oils and grease per month. When grease solidifies, it sticks to the sides of the sewer pipes and it can reduce the flow of an eight-inch pipe to two inches. With proper grease management, citizens of Opelika can minimize pollution and expenses.

Help your business: Pipe bursts, overflows, backups and blockages can cost you a lot more money than proper FOG management. Food service establishments that contribute to FOG buildup in pipes can even face lawsuits and fines. Plus, the bad odors and pest problems caused by greasy pipes hurt business.

Help your community: Every time grease gets in pipes, it causes problems for the city’s entire water system, from the sewer system to the water treatment plants. It can even cause sewage backup, which is a serious health hazard. Proper FOG management can improve your business’s image in the community.

Help the environment: When FOG accumulates in sewer systems and leads to overflows, sewer waste ends up in lakes, streams and oceans, causing serious damage to the ecosystem. Furthermore, proper FOG management can help the environment by providing an otherwise wasted source of bio-diesel.

A Grease Management policy will protect the City of Opelika collection system, pumping stations and treatment works from discharge of excess fats, oil and grease by ensuring that Food Service Establishments are in compliance with the requirements of the Waste-water/Storm-water Discharge Regulations.


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