Keep Pipes Free of Fats, Oils and Grease this Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for families and friends to share a hearty home-cooked meal together, and the City of Folsom’s Environmental and Water Resources Department wants to remind residents to dispose of food properly.

Fats, oils and grease—also known as FOG—can clog sewer pipes and cause overflows. Food items such as butter, gravy, meat fats, sour cream, ice cream and salad dressings are considered FOG. Properly disposing of FOG will help avoid expensive plumber visits, prevent blockages in the City’s sewer system and protect our waterways.

Always place grease into trash bins or covered collection containers. Use a strainer in the sink to collect excess food particles and scrape food scraps from dishes into trash bins.

Deep frying a turkey? Used cooking oil can be placed in a sealed container and picked up free-of-charge by Folsom’s door-to-door Household Hazardous Waste program crews. To schedule a pickup, call 916-355-8350 or visit the website.   For more information, call 916-355-8365 or visit