Baxter City Code 8-2-16, “Regulation of Fats, Oils and Grease” regulates the discharge of fats, oils and grease (FOG) into the sanitary sewer system by food service establishments (FSE). FSE’s generate thousands of pounds of cooking oil, grease and food wastes each day in Baxter. Experience has shown that if this waste is not managed properly, it can result in several problems for the City sewer system and the wastewater treatment plant. The FOG will clog sewers resulting in sewer blockage and backups. Once at the wastewater treatment plant, the food wastes impart a significant load on the wastewater treatment processes, resulting in increased costs for treatment of the wastewater and decreased capacity for other users. The food wastes in the wastewater also contain significant pollutants that can impact the water quality in the Mississippi River.
Reduction of the grease and food waste discharges to the sewer will result in improved efficiency of the wastewater plant operations and, ultimately, a reduction of organics and nutrients entering the Mississippi River, which will help to protect and preserve our natural environment. Listed below are some PDF documents with more information about FOG. If you have any questions about FOG, please contact Building Official Dave Peterson at 454-5114 or Public Works Director Trevor Walter at 454-5115, or email firstname.lastname@example.org