Fats, Oils and Grease
Fats, Oils and Grease Prevention
Fats, Oil, and Grease, known collectively as FOG, forms from food scraps and waste dumped into the sewer and drains. It damages the city sewer system, creates blockages, and is one of the main causes of sewer overflows.
Common household items dumped down the drain that cause FOG are:
- Cooking oil
- Salad dressing
- Grease from cooking
- Meat scraps
City Code for FOG
The City Council adopted City Code language to minimize the amount of fats, oil, grease, and wax entering the City of Edina’s wastewater collection system. The Fats, Oil and Grease Ordinance 2018-18 was adopted at the November 7, 2018 City Council Meeting. The Edina City Code Chapter 28, Division 6 contains the code language regarding minimizing fats, oil, grease, and wax in the City collection system.
Proper staff training and proper maintenance is important to manage FOG in food establishments. To help with this, the City has developed several tools to help employers in this process.
For commercial and food establishments:
- Best Management Practices Employee Training Checklist (PDF)
- Best Management Practices Training Record (PDF)
- Best Ways to Manage FOG (PDF)
- FOG Management Plan Checklist
- Commercial FOG Brochure (PDF)
For residential management:
Management of FOG
The City of Edina wants to work with you to prevent FOG problems from affecting the community’s sewer system. The documents and links below provide information about FOG and how it can be controlled to comply with local and federal regulations.
- Edina City Code
- Metropolitan Council Waste Discharge Rules
- Environmental Protection Agency Pre-treatment Regulations
- Minnesota State Plumbing Code
For more information, contact Public Works Coordinator David Goergen at 952-826-0312, or Utilities Supervisor Nathan Kaderlik.