Why is Disposing of FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) Important?

FOG refers to Fats, Oils and Grease, which originates in most kitchens, as a byproduct of cooking.


• Cooking oil, Meat fats, Baking goods, Butter or margarine, Shortening, Lard, Food scraps, Sauces, Dairy products.

• When washed down the drain, FOG sticks to the inside of sewer pipes, which can constrict flow and block the entire pipe, causing sewage backups and overflows.

• A sewage overflow could potentially cause an environmental hazard.

• Disposing of FOG correctly is essential to ensure that your home’s plumbing and ECUA sewer lines don’t get clogged.

• Pouring cooking grease and oil down the drain is not recommended because as oil and grease cools, it hardens, leading to “chokes” in your plumbing or sewer line.

• FOG costs sewer customers money! Money spent on costly cleanups of sewage spills leads to increased utility bills.


Over time, FOG accumulates in the sewer system in much the same way that cholesterol accumulates in our arteries. As FOG builds in the pipes, wastewater becomes increasingly restricted. Suddenly, sometimes without warning, a sewer pipe backs up and overflows, similar to a heart attack. The result is a home flooded with sewage or sewage overflowing into the street.

Having a clean environment is important to everyone. It impacts both our health and our economy.


What You Can Do With Your Leftover Fats, Oils and Grease

The best way to prevent problems with FOG is to avoid disposal in the wastewater system. Recycling is the preferred FOG disposal method, as it eliminates extra waste from going into the landfill. However, if you put FOG in the trash, these are recommended methods:


• Pour cooled grease into an empty can or plastic bottle before placing it in the trash.
• Scrape food scraps from dishes into the trash.
• Use rubber scrapers and paper towels to remove oil and grease from cookware.
• Avoid using a garbage disposal.
• Put baskets or strainers in sinks to catch food scraps and then empty them in the trash. 


FOG Myths                                                                                                                  

 “Pour cooking oil and grease down the drain as long as…”

You use the garbage disposal.
Not True! The garbage disposal only grinds up items before passing them into your sewer pipes.

You use hot water to eliminate oil and grease.
Not True!  Hot water only gives the illusion of dissolving grease. The grease will eventually cool and build up in the pipes.

You try to dissolve oil and grease using dish soap.
Not True!  Dish soap temporarily breaks up grease as you wash your dishes, but the soap will eventually lose its effectiveness causing the grease to solidify in the pipes.


What is an ECUA Residential Cooking Oil Disposal Station?  


 FOG Disposal Station on NAS Pensacola                                     Residential FOG Disposal Station on Pensacola Beach
• The ECUA Residential Cooking Oil Disposal Station allows customers to  capture and dispose of their cooking oil and grease in an environmentally  safe and effective manner. 
• The Disposal Station is stocked with FREE plastic containers. (Various  container sizes available).
• ECUA customers can remove the FREE container for environmentally  safe residential oil and grease disposal.
• ECUA customers are asked to return the filled container to the Disposal  Station, and  exchange it for an empty container, ready to repeat the  process.     
• Once the cooking oil and grease is collected it’s then recycled as biodiesel  fuel.

Residential Cooking Oil and Grease Disposal Sites

Keep Pensacola Beautiful
9 West Blount Street

315 West Garden Street

ECUA at Ellyson Industrial Park
9255 Sturdevant Street

ECUA Sanitation Department
3050 Godwin Lne

ECUA Bayou Marcus Water Reclamation Facility
3050 Fayal Drive

Pensacola Beach Via de Luna Drive
53 Via DeLuna Drive
Adjacent to ECUA Pensacola Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Grocery Advantage
736 Hwy 29 North, Cantonment

Apple Market
1021 Scenic Highway, Pensacola

NAS Corry Station
4120 Pless Avenue (Corry Village Housing

ECUA at Warrington
609 S. Old Corry Field Road

Beulah Fire Station
6400 West Nine Mile Road

Perdido Key
12950 Gulf Beach Highway

UF/IFAS Escambia County Extension Office
3740 Stefani Road, Cantonment

Perdido Landfill
13009 Beulah Road, Cantonment

Learn More About ECUA FOG Prevention and Residential Recycling Programs.
Visit ecua.fl.gov, customer.service@ecua.fl.gov, or call (850) 476-0480.