Fats, Oils, and Grease Control Program

What is FOG?
FOG are fats, oils, and grease that exists in two primary forms. Plant and animal derived, and petroleum derived.

The major source of FOG related problems stems from plant and animal derived FOG. This comes from preparation and clean up of fat-containing food. Restaurants, cafeterias, delis, schools, hospitals, care facilities, butchers, food courts, and food manufacturers are some of the main contributors of FOG. Aside from commercial and industrial sources, FOG can come from residential areas.

Petroleum oils and greases are also cause for concern. Build-up of volatiles can lead to explosion hazards. Petroleum oil and grease can coat equipment and overload the wastewater treatment facility. Petroleum based oil and grease are also less biodegradable than plant and animal FOG.

Why are we doing this program?
Fats, oils, and grease in excess amounts will:

Coat, congeal, and accumulate on pipes, pumps, and equipment, causing blockage (interference), sewer backups, and affecting the wastewater treatment process

Create the need for costly cleanup and maintenance control

Place an increased load on waste water treatment facilities

Because of the nature of fats, oils, and grease, FOG is regulated under general and specific national pretreatment standards, contained in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, part 403.5. The City of Grand Forks is mandated by the EPA to create, implement, and upkeep a FOG control program.

How can you help?
Fight the Grease Menace

Did you know?
Out of Sight, Out of Mind

What you may need to know

Use these links to access training materials and maintenance forms for any facility prepping, serving, or cleaning up food.

Best Management Practices (BMP’s) for FOG
Grease Trap Log
Grease Interceptor Log
Video Log Sheet
Fact Sheet on Garbage Disposals
How to clean a grease trap

More available information
2011 Fees for Food Service Establishments
FOG Ordinance Language
FOG Interceptor and Trap Servicing Providers

City of Grand Forks
Environmental Compliance Office
724 N 47th Street * Grand Forks, ND 58203 * Phone (701) 738-8781