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Fats, Oils and Grease Control and Management

 Fats, Oil, and Grease (FOG) are primarily generated by restaurants and other institutional food-service establishments and are major contributors to municipal wastewater collection system and onsite treatment system (septic system) blockages and overflows.

A clean 10-foot sewer pipe, versus the same sewer pipe with grease build-up.

As the environmental community moves to manage FOG more stringently, it is essential that there be adequate treatment capacity to manage the material removed from these wastewater systems.

NEIWPCC’s FOG workshops highlighted various treatment alternatives for this material. Treatment options discussed included private grease pretreatment facilities, composting, land application, and incineration (with municipal solid waste and sewage sludge).

The workshops focus on treating the material once it is removed from the wastewater system and emphasize that there are properties within this material making it suitable for various types of beneficial reuse.