On November 25, 2014, the City of Ames adopted the FOG (Fats, Oils, and Grease) Ordinance to encourage the prevention of discharging FOG into the sewer infrastructure. All Food Service Establishments (FSEs) in the Ames Community are required to dispose of their FOG waste in a responsible manner; Ames residents are also encouraged to dispose of FOG in the garbage, instead of down the drains.
Fats, oil, and grease don't belong in your home's plumbing, and these products can cause bigger problems if they get into the City system. Remember not to dump fats, oils, or grease from cooking down your drain. You can clog your sink or block your line to the main. You can avoid expensive plumbing mistakes by disposing of FOG the proper way:
- Remove fats, oils, and grease from dishes and pans by wiping with a paper towel into the garbage before washing with water.
- Let grease and cooking oil cool, then pour into a sealable container and place in the garbage.
- Use the garbage disposal as little as possible. Instead, place a strainer over the sink drain to catch solids and empty into the trash as needed.
- If your plans include using a hot oil poultry fryer, the grease needs to be disposed of after cooking. Don't leave oil in a fryer to reuse. The grease will attract pests and may not be safe to use later.
- Used cooking oil is accepted at the Resource Recovery Plant located at 110 Center Avenue, just off of East Lincoln Way. They will accept up to five gallons of cooking oil at no charge, and it's just 25 cents per gallon after that. You can contact them at 515-239-5137. Hours for the Resource Recover Plant are: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. - noon.