Stuff your turkey, not your pipes: keep drains FOG free

October 8, 2020
Public service announcement

When enjoying that delicious Thanksgiving dinner this long weekend, remember to keep FOG (fats, oils and grease) away from drains. 

Not only can FOG cause blockages in your household plumbing, it’s also the No. 1 cause of sewer blockages and overflows in the city. When poured down a drain, FOG sticks to the inside of the sewer pipes and can build-up over time, blocking entire pipes. 

Residents can help prevent FOG-induced backups and keep our wastewater collection systems running smoothly by following these simple steps: 

  • Cool it, can it, trash it. After cooking, put cooled oil or grease into a can or container and dispose of it in the trash. Never pour grease down a drain. 
  • Put baskets/strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and other solids and empty them into the garbage. 

For additional tips on what you can do to keep our wastewater system running smoothly, visit