Los Angeles Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG) Control Program

The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation has the dirtiest of dirty jobs: maintaining 6,600 miles of sewer lines in America’s second largest city. Fats, oils and grease (FOG) that are washed down kitchen drains by restaurants and fast food establishments can build up in sewer pipes and restrict flow, causing major problems like sewage overflows. In 2004, the City of Los Angeles introduced a ten-year plan for improving their existing sewer system and operations, including a FOG Control Program. Currently in its tenth year, this program has resulted in a 94% reduction in FOG related sewer overflows. Read more