Waterwise: FOG Disposal


Avoid putting Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOGs) down the drain to prevent clogs.

Residential customers should cool and contain FOGs in leak proof containers for disposal in the trash.

City of Scottsbluff restaurants and businesses with oil traps are required to have traps cleaned once containment reaches 20% or more of capacity. Monthly maintenance is reported to the City each quarter and annual inspections by the City to check traps are conducted per City Code.

Illicit Discharge: Dumpster Juice

One common culprit of stormwater pollution is leaking dumpsters. That stinky, sticky dumpster juice flows out of the trash and into our waterways. All dumpsters should be water tight- request a new one from your trash service if yours is leaking.

Waterwise Wednesday: Five Things You Should Never Put Down a Drain

Clogs from Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) are easily preventable:

  • Don’t pour FOG down the drain
  • Pour cooled fats, oils and grease into a container and put the container in the trash. If you don’t have a container, place tin foil into a coffee cup or similar, add FOG, allow to cool and dispose.
  • Before washing, use a paper napkin or paper towel to wipe FOG from dishes and dispose of it in the trash
  • Use sink strainers to catch food waste
  • Put food scraps in the trash, not through the garbage disposal.

This USA Today video from MSN.com shows a few other substances that should also be kept out of the drain: 5 Things You Should Never Put Down a Drain