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DeKalb Watershed department educating students on fats, oils and grease clogs

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DeKalb Watershed department educating students on fats, oils and grease clogs


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A dripping faucet. Photo by Danny Steaven. Source: Wikimedia commons

DeKalb County’s Department of Watershed Management recently partnered with Georgia Piedmont Technical College to develop a “No FOG, No Clog” program, helping students learn how to properly dispose of fats, oils and grease (“FOG”). 

FOG occurs when cooking fats are poured down drains and coat the inside of pipes to eventually form a blockage. According to a county press release, DWM began the initiative because nearly 60 percent of all water spills are caused by cooking oils and bacon grease being poured down sink drains.

“In response to the number of clogs caused by grease and to maintain compliance with EPA regulations, DWM began a Fats, Oils and Grease Program to educate residents on the hazards of grease clogs in the sewer systems,” the release said.

The program is geared toward Piedmont Technical College’s English as a Second Language (ESL) students. DWM will facilitate six FOG presentations to almost 300 students in the ESL program at the college.

Additionally, students will receive tools to help, dispose of fats, oils and grease, including funnels to pour cooled grease into a container, scrapers to remove food particles and residue from plates and pans and other educational brochures and materials.

For additional information, visit the DWM website.

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