The FOG Program (Fats-Oil-Grease), authorized by City Ordinance, is administered by WPC’s Industrial Pretreatment Division.  No specific grease discharge permit is required from food service facilities. However, building permits issued by the Inspections Department may require installation of a grease control device from plans designed and stamped by a Professional Engineer.


The FOG Program does require that food service facilities – restaurants, cafeterias, etc. – have in place a Grease Control Plan. Compliance with the plan is monitored through regular FOG User Compliance Reports.


Homeowners should be aware that they too can be a source of grease in sewers, and should take steps to eliminate grease from their wastewater:

  • DON’T pour grease, oil, or fat down the drain.

  • DO pour liquid waste oil and grease into a metal can (soup, vegetable, etc.). Let the grease cool and solidify, then place it in the garbage can for disposal.

  • DON’T use a sink disposal unit to handle fatty waste like meat scraps.

  • DO treat fatty waste as solid waste – use the garbage can.

  • DON’T use the sink to wash heavy oil or grease out of dishes, pots or pans.

  • DO wipe heavy oil or grease out of dishes with paper towels. Throw the used paper towels in the garbage.