Fats, Oils, and Grease Source Control Program

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Fats Oils and Grease  (FOG) can be a major problem for Manhattan Beach’s sewer system as well as for the Pacific Ocean.  If not disposed of properly, FOG solidifies in the sewer pipes. As FOG solidifies, it restricts the flow of wastewater.  Eventually, the flow becomes so impeded that waste water can no longer pass through thus overflowing into our businesses, streets, storm drains and waterways. These Sanitary Sewer Overflows pose significant health threats as well as environmental damage.

What Qualifies as a Food Service Establishment?
Facilities defined in California Uniform Retail Food Facility Law (CURFFL) Health & Safety Code § 113785, and any commercial or public entity within the boundaries of the City… which has any process or device that uses or produces FOG, or grease vapors, steam, fumes, smoke or odors that are required to be removed by a Type I or Type II hood, as defined in CURFFL.

Where Does FOG Come From?
Food Service Establishments (FSEs) are a significant source of FOG, which is generated everyday through food preparation and cleaning activities, such as:

  • Cooking meats
  • Preparing sauces and salad dressings
  • Using butter, ice cream and other dairy products
  • Dish washing
  • Pot/Pans washing

Prevent Sewer System Overflows By: 

  • Never pouring grease or oil directly into a sink
  • Scraping food scraps from pots, pans and dishes into a garbage container before washing
  • Wiping plates, cookware, and utensils down with a cloth or paper towel before washing
  • Allowing liquid grease to cool and dispose of into the trash or an approved waste grease container
  • Using a strainer in sinks to catch any food scraps that may end up down the drain
  • Try to avoid using the garbage disposal. Ground up food particles can contribute to sewer blockages. 

     Please contact the City at (310) 802-5304 if you have any questions.