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The city’s Utilities department has blue plastic lids available for residents so they can properly dispose of Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG). When FOG are poured down drains and into sewer lines, they cool and solidify, clogging wastewater flow causing significant and costly damage. The reusable lids are designed to fit a variety of food cans, such as vegetable, tuna fish, dog food and soup. Residents can pour their FOG into a can and seal it until it cools and hardens. Once a can fills up, throw it away and save the lid for the next can.
Lids are available in the Utility Billing department from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in City Hall and can be made available to homeowner associations and neighborhood groups by calling (386) 671-8987.
The city has adopted an aggressive education and awareness program designed to minimize FOG entering its sewer system. Since the city’s EPA-mandated FOG program was established two years ago, about 270,000 gallons of FOG has been disposed properly instead of poured into the public sewer system.
In addition to providing lids to residents, utilities staff works with more than 500 food service providers to educate them about the proper disposal of FOG pollutants.