Sewage Backup Prevention

Learn about the Fats, Oils & Grease Program
Collect FOG to prevent costly plumbing repairs

Fats, Oils and Grease, or FOG, is a problem for the drainage pipes in your home and in businesses.

Most foods and many drinks contain elements of FOG. When these are put into the sewer, the FOG attaches to the sides of the sewer pipes, reducing flow. This can cause raw sewage to back up into your home or business, resulting in extensive building and property damage for you or your neighbors. 

These events are bad for human health, bad for your pocketbook, and bad for the environment. Causing a blockage of a public sewer system is also a violation of the Federal Clean Water Act, state and local laws. The result for you may be an expensive visit from a plumber, insurance claims, and penalties for damage to the public sewer system.

Make changes to our drains!

To help prevent this environmental and public health hazard, properly dispose of fats, oils, and grease (FOG).    
  • Do not pour fats, oils, and grease (FOG) down the sink or garbage disposal. Use the trash for hardened grease. Not the drain. Recycle used cooking oil.
  • Scrape and wipe pots, pans, and dishes before washing with a paper towel.
  • Cool fats, oils, and grease (FOG) and place into a container such as an empty vegetable or coffee can. Place hardened grease in the trash. Recycle used cooking oil.
The recycling center in Broken Arrow is operated by the Metropolitan Environmental Trust (MET) and is located at 302 North Elm Place.

The MET will accept up to 5 gallons of used cooking oil per visit.

The Broken Arrow MET also accepts the following: #1 and #2 plastic bottles, plastic bottle lids, glass bottles, newspaper, office paper, magazines, aluminum cans, motor oil (5 gallon limit), batteries (household and auto), eyeglasses, phone books, plastic bags, steel cans, scrap metal, antifreeze (5 gallon limit), cardboard, and paperboard.

 Common Sources of FOG
 Fried foods  Gravy & sauces
 Cooking meats  Mayonnaise & salad dressings
 Butter, ice cream, other diary products  

 Common Myths about FOG
Storm drains and catch basins are for disposal of dirty water, debris, etc. Outside drains are built to direct storm water runoff to the nearest creek or wetland. Using them for any other purpose is a violation of the federal Clean Water Act.
If the sewers back up, the City will fix it. Owners are responsible for the sewers on their property. If they damage or back up the public sanitary sewer or drainage systems, they must pay for cleanup and repair and may be subject to fines and penalties.
 It’s OK to pour grease down the drain as long as….
 …I use the garbage disposal. The garbage disposal only grinds up items before passing them into your sewer pipes.
 …I chase it down with a dose of dish soap. While it’s true that soap breaks up grease, soap loses its effectiveness, and grease solidifies and congeals on pipe walls.
 …I run hot water. Eventually the hot water cools and grease will solidify in your pipes.
 …The liquid is room temperature. Cooking oils, such as Canola, float in wastewater and easily adhere to sewer pipes. The oily film can collect on food particles and other solids and begin to create a blockage.