Summer is nearly over and for some of us going to a festival, food event or concert is a must. Did you ever wonder how much food and FOG waste results from one event, especially if no grease traps are about?
In Athens, Greece, a collective group has started a FOG collection programme to help collect Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) from food stalls and market vendors. The hope is that less FOG waste will enter the sewage system and more will be recycled. If you read our blogs there are already a number of companies turning FOG waste into bio-diesel which can fuel offices, cars and trains.
The group also runs a programme for residents to return full containers of FOG waste for empty ones. The aim is to reduce the amount of Fats, Oil and Grease entering the sewage system which can lead to fatbergs, flooding and for some very unfortunate owner’s damage to their pipe work.
A fatberg is a hardened mass of fats, oil and grease which can grow in size over time and unfortunately they do not break down. Recent articles have highlighted how wet wipes and other waste found in sewers are now leading to the fatbergs becoming larger and more difficult to fix.
If you want to take the first step and recycle your FOG waste you can introduce some of the below steps:
- Pour excess cooking fat and oil into a jar or fat trap
- Use paper towels to absorb cooking oil from plates, pots and pans
- Scrap excess food waste into the bin
- Use a food guardian/strainer in a sink to reduce food waste going down the drain
- Never pour Fats, Oil or Grease down the sink or drain
- Do not feed the Fatberg!
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