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Fats, Oils and Grease

  • Fats, oils and grease (FOG) clog pipes and can cause sewer backups. Sewer backups are a risk to human health and the environment. FOG also creates unnecessary wear on private and public sewer pipes. Help keep FOG out of sewer pipes.

    • Business FOG
    • Residential and Multi-family FOG
    Business FOG

    Prevent FOG 

    Food service businesses use grease removal devices to separate FOG from their wastewater. Keeping FOG out of the sewer system helps avoid dangerous sewage spills and costly cleaning.

    • Grease removal devices work best when serviced regularly.
    • Pump-out and service reports sent to the City meet compliance monitoring and limit business and grease removal device inspections.

    Preferred Pumper Program 

    Most food service businesses hire a pumping company to clean out and maintain their grease removal devices. 

    • Using a service provider from the City’s Preferred Pumper Program is recommended.  
    • Preferred Pumpers meet certain service requirements and send service reports to the City.

    Free grease removal reporting

    Simplify grease removal device reporting and scheduling by using the City’s free online service. Log onto Swift Comply to set up a user account and begin the free online service.

    For food service businesses electing to clean and maintain their grease removal device:

    • Complete the  self-reporting form
    • Upload the completed reporting form to  Swift Comply and the City will receive it.
    • Submit the reporting form to the City using one of the following options, if you choose not to upload to Swift Comply.

    Best practices for keeping FOG out of wastewater 

    • Scrape solids from cookware and dishes, then dry wipe to remove excess food and grease before washing.
    • Recycle grease and oil.
    • Check grease removal devices often to make sure they are properly pumped and maintained.
    • Never pour grease and oil into sink or floor drains.

      Contact us

      For more information about FOG contact Paul Kramer at 503-618-2648 or

      Residential and Multi-family FOG

      Stop fats, oils and grease

      Fats, oils and grease (FOG) can cool and solidify in pipes, causing blockages in your home and in the public sewer system. 

      What is FOG video

      Common sources of FOG from homes

      • Butter, margarine, shortening and cooking oil
      • Food scraps with grease, butter or oil
      • Meat fat, juices and gravy
      • Dairy products

      Never pour grease down sinks or toilets!

      Dispose of grease properly

      • Scrape food waste into your garbage can or compost.
      • Wipe pots and dishes to remove grease before cleaning.
      • Put your FOG in a disposable container, freeze it, then place it in the trash.

      Order your free grease kit today  

      Call 503-618-2525 or email