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Avoid Messy Problems this Holiday Season with Proper FOG Disposal
Avoid Messy Problems this Holiday Season with Proper FOG Disposal

Sacramento, CA -- Sewer blockages and backups increase by up to 50 percent during the holidays due in part to the types of leftover food put down kitchen sinks and garbage disposals. People can avoid potentially messy problems and holiday havoc by properly disposing of fats, oils and grease (FOG).

When poured down the sink, FOG accumulates in sewer pipes restricting flow and ultimately causing blockages and backups in homes and neighborhoods. The Sacramento Area Sewer District and the City of Sacramento Department of Utilities have teamed up to keep drains clog-free during the holiday season.

“Holidays are one of the worst times of year for improper disposal of fats, oils and grease. Although delicious, holiday meals create notoriously bad waste,” said Jan Holm, SASD FOG Program Manager. “Everyone can help prevent these potentially messy problems by talking to guests and kids about the best way to clean up dishes and leftover food after a holiday meal.”

Follow these simple steps to prevent fats, oils and grease from clogging sewer pipes:

  1. Can it. After cooled, pour fats, oils and grease into a sturdy container like a coffee can.
  2. Scrape it. Before washing dishes, scrape all fats, oils and grease residuals from pots, pans and dishes.
  3. Trash it. Put all fats, oils and grease in the garbage.

Top holiday offenders (from ham, turkey scraps, etc.) include:

  • Cooking oils, shortenings and lard
  • Gravy and sauces
  • Meat scraps
  • Mayonnaise and salad dressings
  • Butter and margarine

Visit StoptheClog.com and SacramentoFatFreeDrains.com for more tips and other helpful information about proper fats, oils and grease disposal.


Sacramento Area Sewer District (SASD) is a sewer utility providing service to more than one million residential, commercial and industrial customers in the Sacramento region, including the unincorporated areas of Sacramento County, the cities of Citrus Heights, Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove, as well as portions of the cities of Folsom and Sacramento. SASD owns and operates thousands of miles of lower lateral and main line pipes and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and maintenance of these sewer pipes. StoptheClog.com

City of Sacramento Department of Utilities provides water, wastewater conveyance, and storm drainage services for the City of Sacramento. Its wastewater conveyance service pumps more than 8 billion gallons of wastewater a year to the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District near Elk Grove. SacramentoFatFreeDrains.com

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