Fats, oils and grease (FOG) are used in, or are byproducts of, cooking certain foods. The Oneida County Sewer Use Ordinance limits the amount of FOG to the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil to 12-13 gallons of water. When warm or hot, FOG is often a liquid and may not seem like a big problem. However, after traveling down a sewer drain, these liquids cool and become solid, resulting in clogged pipes that cause sewer overflows and backups into your home. Download our residential brochure for more information.
When FOG builds up in the sanitary sewer system, blockages sometimes occur, causing sewer backups into your home. Not only does it cost a lot of money to clean up the mess in your home, but it also costs to clean out the sewer pipes!
Residents may deliver liquid cooking grade fats, oils and grease – at no charge – to the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority’s Utica Residential Convenience Station on Leland Ave. in Utica during normal business hours. The material is stored in a 300-gallon plastic container and picked up by a rendering company to be recycled into animal feed. Restaurants and businesses should contact a rendering company for direct pickup.
Certain materials flushed down toilets can damage sewer systems, wastewater treatment operations, or private septic systems, even when they are labeled as flushable. Correcting the damage is expensive, so do not flush any of the items listed below, no matter how small. Please throw them in the trash.