Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Program
Fats, oils, and grease (F.O.G.) can cause major problems in our sanitary sewer system. When FOG is poured down kitchen drains, it can begin to build up in our sewer pipes and cause restrictions in the flow. These restrictions can amount to unwanted backups of untreated sewage in our sewer pipes to our houses and to the main sanitary sewer system.
These backups result in increased costs for residents, businesses, and the City for clean up. Eliminating F.O.G. in the sanitary sewer system will help to protect the water supply in your community by preventing sanitary sewer overflows.
The City of Bedford fats, oils, grease (FOG) program was established by Ordinance 09-2922.
Commercial Businesses and FOG
All grease/grit trap operators and liquid waste haulers are to be registered with the City of Bedford by January 1 of each year. The registration period is January 1 - December 31. Any person, operator, or owner who is not in compliance with the ordinance is subject to enforcement action.
For a list of current registered liquid waste haulers, please contact us at 817-952-2200 or via email.
- Prewash dishes and pans with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher.
- Compost food scraps or scrape them into the trash, not the sink.
- Wipe pots, pans, and dishes with dry paper towels before rinsing or washing them.
- Recycle used cooking oil or properly dispose of it in the garbage.
- For small amounts of used cooking oil, reuse or recycle it as often as possible and then pour it into a container you can throw away.
- For larger amounts, use clay cat litter. Just mix the litter, a little at a time, into the oil when all has been absorbed, pour the cat litter into a trash bag and throw it away.
- Don't pour oil and grease down the drain.
- Don't put food scraps down the drain.
- A food grinder or garbage disposal does not remove F.O.G, it just makes the pieces smaller.
- Don't run water over dishes, pans, fryers, and griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain.
- Don't rinse off oil and grease with hot water.
- Don't use cloth towels or rags to scrape plates or clean oily or greasy dishes. When you wash the towels, the grease will still end up in the sewer.