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Fats, Oils, and Grease

Whether originating from a food service facility, a business performing vehicle and equipment maintenance, or some other source, any FOG reaching the sanitary sewer system can cause a variety of problems.  Issues associated with FOG range from sewer line clogs (possibly causing sewage overflows or backups) to decreased treatment efficiency (resulting from the microorganisms at the sewage treatment plant being adversely affected when they encounter an overabundance of the grease).  Here is what happens when grease is not properly maintained.  

Commercial users
 

Cranberry Township's F.O.G. program is designed to reduce the impact that FOG has on the wastewater system. 

Commercial users are required to employ devices such as grease traps, grease interceptors, or oil/water separators to aid in FOG removal, and must maintain and install the devices properly so that they do the job they are designed to do effectively.  Because of that, the Township’s FOG program includes the following:

  • Sizing Guidelines - All new facilities and facilities that are being renovated will need to complete and submit the following EPA sizing guideline worksheet. Cranberry Township F.O.G. Sizing Worksheet

  • Permits Issuing permits to facilities with the potential to discharge FOG in accordance with the pre-treatment ordinance.

  • Cleaning Logs - All commercial facilities are required to maintain a log of grease interceptor cleaning activities. This log sheet must be available to inspectors. Cranberry Township F.O.G. Grease Interceptor Cleaning Log

  • Inspections - Inspections are performed  at all permitted commercial facilities to ensure they are doing their part to keep FOG out of the sewer lines. View a passed inspection View a failed inspection
  • Communications - Cranberry Township maintains a high level of communication with all of our facilities to help everyone remain compliant and keep our sanitary sewers F.O.G. free.

Residential users

Be aware that keeping FOG out of the drainage system helps both the Township and you.  Many homes have drain clogs that can be attributed to the buildup of grease. The math of F.O.G.

When cleaning up after a meal - Dispose of food waste in the trash before washing dishes.  The bottom line is the less fats, oil and grease that go down the drain, the better it is for everyone in the community!