Grease Management

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Apopka Grease Gladiators Tip: January 2022

Make a New Years Resolution that is easy to keep! Join the fight as an Apopka Grease Gladiator and let's work together to make our collection lines grease free!

The Fight Against the Beast

Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are a part of our day to day lives. They are found in our foods, our cooking methods, our cleaners, our skin care products, and chemicals for our cars and yards. FOG may look like an innocent liquid as it flows easily down our drains, but when it cools it becomes a monstrous mass that can block pipes, clog pumps, and coats and damages collection equipment. When pipes become blocked and sewer equipment fails, sewage takes the path of least resistance backing up into homes and businesses or comes streaming out of manholes in the streets. FOG is the number one cause of sewer blockages both in your home and in the POTW. We are asking you to join us as Grease Gladiators to fight this beast. You can help us prevent costly damage to your homes, the sewer system, and the environment. 

Monster Problems

As FOG solidifies in the pipes of your home or business, or in the City’s collection system, it restricts the flow of the wastewater and damages equipment and pipes. But the wastewater has to go somewhere, so it takes the path of least resistance and heads back into our homes or comes pouring out into the streets. Raw sewage backing up into your home or business is expensive to fix, not to mention unpleasant to clean up.

A backup in the collection lines means raw sewage in yards, parking lots, and storm water drains. These overflows can cause potential contact with disease causing organisms. Sewer overflows are harmful to human and animal health, as well as having the potential to cause irreparable damage to our environment. A FOG ridden collection system costs public services more to maintain and repair which could result in higher sewer bills for customers.

What Causes Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG)?

FOG's occur naturally in foods and are a byproduct of cooking. These are common sources of FOG

  • Animal Fats
  • Baking Goods
  • Butter
  • Cooking Oil
  • Cooking Sprays
  • Dairy Products
  • Fat Substitutes
  • Food Scraps
  • Gravy
  • Lard
  • Margarine
  • Marinades
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salad Dressings
  • Sauces
  • Shortening
  • Used Fryer Oil

Join the Fight to Keep FOG out of our Collection System

The Apopka's Grease Gladiators are dedicated to stopping overflow caused by grease.

Visit our Residents and Non-Residential pages for more information about how to defend out collection lines from grease.

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