Fats, Oils & Grease
The Town of Clayton's Fats, Oils, and Grease Program is responsible for ensuring and preventing the discharge of fats, oils and grease into our sewer system causing unsightly and environmentally hazardous sanitary sewer overflows.
To read the Town ordinance last revised September 2020, visit our Online Ordinances.
Fats, Oils, & Grease Overview
It's against the law to discharge fats, oils, and grease into our sewer system. That discharge can clog our sewer pipes, cause major expensive sewer overflows, and expose the public to unsanitary conditions.
To prevent this discharge, the Town of Clayton, along with all towns and cities in our region, requires restaurants and other commercial/industrial facilities to remove accumulated fats, oil, grease, and food solids by installing grease traps or interceptors designed to limit this discharge.
Those devices must be pumped a minimum of every two months. They should be pumped more often if the volume of discharge from your facility is higher. This ordinance requires you to ensure your grease removal device does not exceed the discharge limits set for fats, oil and grease.
To meet this requirement, you are responsible for hiring a licensed hauler to capture and properly dispose of all fat, oil, and grease materials from your device in such a way that is in compliance with these local laws.
FOG: Fats, Oils, and Grease
Sewer lines can get clogged with foreign objects, like too much toilet paper, grease, and oil. It can also be invaded by roots. The Town of Clayton wants to make sure that sewer mains flow free. While the Town of Clayton can check the Main Line for back-ups and clear that line, it is you, as the owner/resident, who are responsible for unclogging the sewer service line, which is the line that runs from our main to your house. Periodic replacement of the service line may be necessary and must be completed by either through the Town or a licensed Utility Contractor.
Sewer clean outs are the property owner/resident's responsibility. It is a violation of the Town Ordinance to leave the cap off and let sewage out or rainwater into the service line. By maintaining your lines and clean out, you can help the Town provide better, consistent service. If, however, you have had a contractor check your lines and you feel the problem is at the sewer main, please call 919-553-1530 so that we can inspect the main lines in the street.
For reference, DO NOT flush these items:
- FOG: fats, oils, and grease
- Food scraps
- Paper towels
- Anything plastic
- Cotton swabs/balls
- Food wrappers
- Dental floss
- Rubber gloves
- Flushable wipes (Yes, even though they say flushable, they don't break down.)
If you have any questions, contact Utility Compliance Supervisor Brandon Carroll.
Thank you for your cooperation and for helping to protect the community and our water resources from unsanitary sewer spills.