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City Hall Annex Room 227
800 Center Street
Racine, WI 53403
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Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are found in food scraps, meat fats, lard, oil, margarine, butter, sauces and dairy products. FOG is commonly associated with fried goods and baked goods prepared at home or in a good establishment. When FOG is not disposed of properly, it can clog your homes plumbing as well as city sewers.
When washed down a sink or drain, FOG builds up over time and can cause a blockage in your drains, pipes and in sanitary sewers. Blockages lead to increased costs to maintain private plumbing, our sewers, the wastewater treatment plants and public and private property.
Section 98 of the Municipal Code, Section 151 – General sewer use requirements states:
No user shall contribute or cause to be contributed the following substances: any wastewater containing fats, wax, grease or oils whether emulsified or not...or containing substances which may solidify or become viscous at temperatures between 32 degrees Fahrenheit and 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
You can help educate others about FOG by sharing this information with friends and neighbors. The Utility is working hard to improve Racine’s water quality by informing residents and businesses of ways to reduce water pollution, sewer backups and improve the quality of life for those who live and work here.
For more information on managing fats, oils and grease, or for emergency sewer backup response, call (262) 636-9550.
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FOG is any fats, oils and grease associated with food preparation, food service, and kitchen clean-up.
It becomes a problem for the community when it is poured down the drain and builds up in sewer pipes, pumps and equipment causing back-ups and overflows that are hazardous to health, homes, businesses, and the environment.
It can become a problem for your establishment if you are found to be the cause of a sanitary sewer overflow because of FOG or improper maintenance of a grease trap or grease interceptor located in your establishment.
You may be responsible for cleanup costs and property damage.
But there are ways to decrease the amount of FOG going down the drain and help to keep our community clean.
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