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Fats, Oils & Grease

Fats, Oils & Grease

Residential Cooking Grease Disposal Program (FOG)

Disposing of FOG correctly is essential to ensure that your home’s plumbing and ECUA sewer lines don’t get "all choked up." Pouring cooking grease down the drain is not recommended because as grease cools, it hardens, leading to "chokes" in your plumbing or sewer line. Even though we live in a warm climate, many fats harden at room temperature.

The aim of ECUA's Grease Disposal Program is to help our customers capture and dispose of their cooking grease in an environmentally safe and effective way. Please return the used oil to the container it came in (if possible), or pick up a grease container that you can use to store and dispose of household cooking grease (see locations below). Return your filled container to any of the designated locations, and exchange it for an empty container, ready to repeat the process. It's that simple!

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

FOG originates in most kitchens as byproducts of cooking:

  • Cooking oil
  • Meat fats
  • Baking goods
  • Butter or Margarine
  • Shortening or 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 sewer 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.

FOG FAQ

What is an ECUA Residential Cooking Oil and Grease Disposal Station?

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 of various sizes.

  • Remove the FREE container for environmentally safe residential oil and grease disposal.
  • Return the filled container to the Disposal Station, and exchange it for an empty container.

Once the cooking oil and grease is collected it’s then recycled as biodiesel fuel.

Thanks for helping us keep sewer lines and your home's plumbing clear and unclogged. For more information, please call ECUA Customer Service at (850) 476-5110.

Find a Residential Cooking Oil and Grease Disposal Site

Keep Pensacola Beautiful
9 West Blount Street

Ever'man's
315 West Garden Street

ECUA at Ellyson Industrial Park
9255 Sturdevant Street

ECUA Sanitation Department
3050 Godwin Lane

Grocery Advantage
736 Hwy 29 North, Cantonment

Apple Market
1021 Scenic Highway, Pensacola

NAS Corry Station
4120 Pless Avenue (Corry Village Housing

ECUA Bayou Marcus Water Reclamation Facility
3050 Fayal Drive

Beulah Fire Station
6400 West Nine Mile Road

Perdido Key
12950 Gulf Beach Highway

ECUA at Warrington
609 S. Old Corry Field Road

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

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