Fats, Oils & Grease Program
In an ongoing effort to curb sanitary sewer overflows and maintain our low water and sewer rates in the City of Mount Holly, we ask you to please follow a few simple steps to help us prevent sanitary sewer overflows.
As we are cooking our favorite family recipes rarely do we think about what happens to the Fats, Oils and Greases the food has produced. Most of the time we wash it off of our cookware, and it goes down the sink drain and forgotten about. 50-75% of all sanitary sewer overflows are related to FOG build up in the sewer collection system.
Once an overflow is identified and reported to the City, the City will send out its workers to unclog the sewer main, evaluate the cause and estimate the number of gallons overflowed. The City is responsible for reporting this information to the state authorities. Once the state has been notified they will assess the overflow and issue fines to the City accordingly.
What is FOG?
Organic polar compounds derived from animal and/or plant sources that contain multiple carbon chain triglyceride molecules.
Where is FOG generated?
FOG is generated in every kitchen when we cook our favorite meals.
How do we prevent FOG from reaching the City sewer mains?
Dry cleanup is the single most effective means of FOG prevention. After every meal, we cook in our home once the cookware is cooled to a safe temperature, pour any excessive grease into a non-recyclable container. Then use an absorbent cloth to wipe off all of our cookware with. Once you have finished those two steps then hand wash and/or put the cookware in the dishwasher.
Where can I dispose of the grease I have accumulated in the non-recyclable container?
The Gaston County Recycling facility located at 146 Mountain Island Road, Mount Holly, NC 28120.
Pour oil and grease down the drain
Wash fryers/griddles, pots/pans and plates with water until oil and grease is removed
Use hot water to rinse off cookware surfaces
Put food scraps down the drain
The City of Mount Holly appreciates your cooperation in the effort to curb sanitary sewer overflows.
If you have any questions about Fats, Oils, and Greases please feel free to contact our FOG Coordinator at (704) 827-4261.