FOG Ordinance (Fats, Oils, and Greases)

The City of Blaine is committed to providing safe, reliable, environmentally responsible, and cost effective wastewater collection service to all commercial and residential customers. As part of this commitment, the City of Blaine is undergoing an initiative to limit and control the amounts of fats, oils, and grease (FOG) that enter the wastewater collection system. On November 18, 2019, the Blaine City Council passed a FOG ordinance: Section 86-107, Fats, Oil, and Grease Control Program. The FOG ordinance is a result of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) encouragement of municipalities to implement a FOG control program to aid in the prevention of sanitary sewer blockages and overflows that adversely affect public health and the environment.

The FOG ordinance requires all food service establishments who have grease control devices (grease trap or grease interceptor) to keep a maintenance log for the device. The maintenance log must show three years of maintenance records.

In addition, grease control devices shall be cleaned at three month intervals for grease interceptors and one week intervals for grease traps, or when total FOG and solids reach 25 percent of the design liquid level.