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Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) disposed of incorrectly can have severe unintended consequences. Oils and grease poured onto the ground can be harmful to pets and can attract pests, while oil or grease poured into the sink or storm drains causes blockages in the sewer lines and contaminates the storm drain water that flows into the ocean. Grease makes its way into city sanitary pipes when oil, butter, dairy, or other everyday cooking products are disposed of down the sink.

Wastewater discharges containing high concentrations of fats, oils, and grease from restaurants and other food handling facilities contribute to more than half of the blockages or overflows in the City's wastewater collection system.

To effectively address the issue, Environmental Health inspectors inspect food facilities to enforce maintenance and monitoring requirements for controlling the discharge of grease from food service facilities into the city's wastewater collection system and commercial grease haulers.

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