Cooking Fats, Oil & Grease (FOG)

What is FOG?

FOG is a byproduct of cooking with ingredients such as:

  • Meat fats
  • Lard
  • Cooking oil
  • Shortening
  • Butter and margarine
  • Food scraps
  • Sauces
  • Dairy products

The fat, oil and grease produced by cooking with these common items should never be poured down the drain – unless you want to create a clog! It’s also a bad idea to pour FOG waste directly into your trash bin, as it will contaminate items that could have been recycled through our One Big Bin sorting process.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to stop cooking your favorite meals to help save the environment. Here’s how to do your part and properly handle FOG waste.

Learn more about FOG impact on your sewer at

Preparing for proper FOG disposal

  1. All cooking fats, oils or grease should be allowed to cool to room temperature.
  2. Place cooled fats, oils or grease in a clear plastic container with a screw on lid.
  3. All containers should be clearly marked “food grease” on the outside of the container.
  4. Containers should only contain cooking related fats, oils and grease and no other material such as food scraps, water and garbage.

FOG Disposal Options

Curbside pickup

Free pick-up service for FOG is available in many Placer County cities.* Residents simply call to schedule a pick-up time at their home.

(530) 885-3735
Auburn | Colfax

(916) 774-5780
City of Roseville

(916) 434-2450
City of Lincoln

(916) 786-8212
Loomis | Rocklin | Penryn | Newcastle

*Not available in all areas

Drop Off Locations

Free drop-off locations for FOG are available to those who don’t live in an area where pick-up service is available.

WPWMA Household Waste Facility
3195 Athens Ave., Lincoln, CA
(916) 543-3960
Open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

Recology Auburn Placer Transfer Station
12305 Shale Ridge Rd., Auburn, CA
(530) 885-3735
Open every day from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m