FOG - "Fats, Oils & Grease - Can it!"

With food service facilities shut down by the Covid-19 crisis, active pre-treatment equipment such as automatic grease removal units should be unplugged (de-energized) to prevent equipment damage caused by long periods with no drain water inflows. Please help us get this important message out to facilities with active pre-treatment systems

Residential Customers 

FOG in the sanitary sewer will solidify and build up over time, eventually causing the sewer to overflow into the street, your yard, or even your home. It is important that everyone make every effort to keep FOG from going down the drain.

Keeping our drains fat free is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Can the GreasePour used cooking grease into an empty, heat safe container, such as a soup can, and store it in the freezer. Once solidified, toss the can into the garbage.
  2. Scrape Your PlateWipe all pots, pans, dishes, and cooking utensils with a paper towel prior to washing to absorb the grease.
  3. Catch the ScrapsEliminate using the garbage disposal. Catch food scraps in your sink with a basket or strainer and toss them into the trash or compost bin.

Residentially-Generated Fryer Oil Disposal

  1. Turkey Frying Fact Sheet
  2. (Limit disposal up to five gallons of liquid or 75 pounds of solid waste per visit) is collected at the SPSA’s Norfolk Transfer Station, 3136 Woodland Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23504.
    Tuesday & Saturday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    For additional information click here or call SPSA: 757-961-3981 or Norfolk Cares: 757-664-6510.

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Food Service Establishments (FSE’s) Customers

The City of Norfolk has a program designed to partner with FSE’s to help ensure Grease Control Devices are in place and properly maintained. FSE are required to: 

  1. Register all GCDs (traps and interceptors) with the City of Norfolk Dept. of Utilities Water Quality FOG Program Manager.
  2. Have at least one employee become certified/maintain Best Management Practice (BMP) Certification.
  3. Keep all GCD/Yellow Grease Container cleaning and disposal logs onsite for at least 3 years.

The following links offer additional information on the FOG program, registration, certification, maintenance and cleaning/disposal logs.

Thank you for keeping Norfolk sewers grease free!

Find out more information about Norfolk’s FOG Program by contacting us:

Phone:  757-441-5678 ext. 229  
Mobile: 757-620-2688
Fax:  757-441-5639
Mail:  City of Norfolk, 6040 Waterworks Rd., Norfolk, VA 23502

24 HR Water & Sewer Emergency #757-823-1000

To request a presentation, brochures, posters, fight the fat lids, sink strainers or other public information services, please call 757-664-6730 or email

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