These trouble makers are always causing problems. Learn about your enemy and how to combat FOG!
Height: As big as he wants
Weight: However much you feed him
Abilities: Soap making and Blending with other compounds
Personal Interest: Chemistry, Bacteriology
Think, chicken fat, but 100 times worse! This evil culprit likes to hide in your food remnants so he can be poured down your drain and into your pipes. Once in the pipe and sewer, he bonds with bacteria and helps create massive fatbergs! His favorite camouflage is leftover butter, salad dressing and cheeses that are often rinsed off of dishes or left on plates put into the dishwasher!
Weight: 8 pounds per gallon
Abilities: Slick trickery and slippery escapes
Personal Interest: Mixology, Chess
Sneaky, smarmy and smart! Oil can instantly bond with whatever it comes in contact with – remember your favorite cotton shirt? This guy ruined it! Since oil and water don’t mix, undestroyed oil molecules that enter your drain bond with Fat to create Fatbergs! Vegetable, avocado, coconut, sesame and olive oils are common disguises this villain uses to enter our sewer system!
Weight: 21 pounds per gallon
Abilities: Shape shifter and transporting food chunks
Personal Interest: Meat of the month clubs, Baking
We’re not knocking bacon or beef but they create this monster in spades! This shifty perpetrator often starts as a liquid but quickly turns into a solid once cooled. Unlike his cousin Oil, grease likes to carry chunks of meat and fat with him into your drain! Grease loves to stick around! He likes to coat to the insides of pipes and sewer walls creating growing layers that cause fluid disruption over time resulting in clogs and sewage backups.
How to Fight F.O.G.
Everyone can be a hero in the fight against F.O.G! By being G.R.O.S.S., you can help protect your home, community and city from clogged sewer links, wastewater treatment plant issues and sewage backups!
So Why Help?
Disposing household waste improperly can cost thousands of dollars in home and city maintenance repairs. Knowing what, and what NOT to drain is the first step in Being a Guardian Regarding Our Sewer System!
1. Pouring oils F.O.G. down the drain seems harmless.
2. However the result can lead to thousands of dollars in repair or replacement.
3. All of these issues can be mitigated by disposing pol properly.
Allowing FOG to slip down the drain occasionally may seem harmless but over time fats, oils and grease solidify and accumulate in pipes.
Hardened FOG can block pipes causing sewage backups into homes and onto streets. In some cases, the pipes on your property that connect to city sewers would have to be replaced!
Pour used FOG in a container, seal it and throw it in the trash. That’s how you Fight the FOG!
Surprise operates a permanent yellow oil disposal station to encourage residents to Be Guardians Regarding Our Sewer System (Be G.R.O.S.S.) and properly dispose of used kitchen oils to help lower the cost of maintenance on city sewer lines and wastewater treatment infrastructure.
The yellow oil station is located in the parking area of Fire Station 305, 15517 N Parkview Pl and is open year-round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for used kitchen oil disposal ONLY. Motor oils are not accepted at this facility.
Used yellow oils are to be poured directly into the drums located at the station; please reuse your containers and do not leave them at the disposal station.
Acceptable Kitchen Oils
- Coconut Oil
- Corn Oil
- Canola Oil
- Cottonseed Oil
- Olive Oil
- Palm Oil
- Peanut Oil
- Safflower Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Soybean Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Vegetable Oil