Fats, Oils, and Grease Program

The City of Rifle's Utility Department is currently working to address Fats. Oils, and Grease (FOG) problems in our waste water collection system. FOG creates problems in our collection system by causing blockages that can lead to sewage overflows that harm the environment. They can also harm residences from basement backups. FOG reduces the capacity of our Rifle Regional Waste water Reclamation Facility to treat waste water, as well. Ultimately, FOG increases the cost of waste water treatment.

Commercial & Industrial

One of the components of the FOG Program involves the commercial and industrial businesses in our community. These businesses are required by City Municipal Code Section 13-3-230 to have grease or oil traps installed within their system and have them cleaned and inspected periodically. Reports of these inspections are to be sent to the City Utility Department.

Inside Your Home

The second component of the program concerns the FOG generated inside your home while cooking food. The best and most cost effective way to dispose of the fats, oils, and grease that are generated while cooking is to simply pour the fats, oils, and grease into a container (metal can or glass jar) that has a lid. Once the container is full of FOG, place the container into the garbage and begin using a new container.

In addition to helping the City, you will also help yourself by reducing the amount of FOG that passes through your home or business' sewer pipes. The build-up of FOG in your service can cause your service to plug, resulting in expensive repairs.

Tips on Managing Fats, Oils, and Grease at Home