Fats, Oils and Grease
The purpose of the City of Irving’s Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) program is to help prevent sanitary sewer overflows in the city’s wastewater system. Public education is the main goal, as well as helping customers improve operation and maintenance of their plumbing.
One method of prevention is to ensure that food preparation facilities have a collection device (grease trap or grease interceptor) for kitchen waste to prevent it from entering the sanitary sewer system. The FOG program also monitors the companies that clean the traps, and helps ensure that all waste haulers and disposal facilities are in compliance with
regulations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Residents need to make sure that they properly dispose of fats, oils, grease, and other items that can clog plumbing to prevent costly damage and overflows. Grease collection bags can be purchased at the Customer Service counter on the first floor of City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd., for 60 cents each plus sales tax. For more information, call (972) 721-2411.
Tips to Prevent Sewer Overflows:
- Do not pour grease products into sinks or toilets.
- Place oils and grease into heat-resistant bags or containers before placing in trash.
- Scrape fats, grease and food from plates and cooking utensils into the trash.
- Use basket strainers in sinks to catch food particles and empty them into the trash.