The City of Burlington is committed to the goal of eliminating sewer overflows. Fats, oils and greases (FOG) are a cause of concern to any wastewater collection system. When FOGs are introduced into the sewer, they can solidify and cause blockages leading to sewer overflows. Food Service Establishments generate FOG waste as part of food preparation, cooking, and dish washing activities.
Under the City’s FOG program, Food Service Establishments are required to take measures to prevent the introduction of FOG into the sanitary sewer. All new and newly remodeled establishments must install and maintain a grease retention device, typically a 1000 gallon interceptor. Food Service Establishments must develop and implement “Best Management Practices” for FOG, and train their employees to reduce FOG entering the interceptor.
City staff performs periodic inspections of Food Service Establishments to ensure their compliance with the program, review service records and provide education in FOG management practices.
Residential customers can help prevent overflows caused by Fats, Oils and Grease as well! Collect used cooking oil and grease in a glass or plastic container (when cool!) and dispose of in the trash, or take it to the Alamance County Landfill for recycling. Never pour oil or grease down the drain!