Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) refers to cooking by-products discharged in wastewater. Restaurants and other commercial food service establishments (FSEs) often produce a high volume of FOG. Over time, FOG sticks to sewer lines and becomes a leading cause of blockages in sewer lines, clogs in restaurant drain lines, and creates both human and environmental health risks.
The control of grease blockages is a high priority for the Environmental Protection Division. In accordance with the federal and state regulations regarding the disposal of FOG, Athens-Clarke County (ACC) manages a commercial FOG control program.
How can I contain my fats, oils, and grease for proper disposal?
The installation of a grease trap provides restaurants and FSEs with a receptacle for trapping FOG mixed in the water flowing through the drains. The minimum size required for a commercial kitchen grease trap is 1,500 gallons. View a commercial grease trap diagram
Grease Trap Maintenance
The current ACC Sewer Use Ordinance requires grease traps be installed, cleaned, and maintained as necessary. The new ordinance proposes additional requirements including:
Schedules for pumping and maintaining grease traps and oil separators,
A manifest program to track the removal and disposal of the waste by pumpers, and