Fats, Oils and Grease

You should never pour fats, oil or grease down the drain. Cooking fat, oil or grease (FOG) can clog the pipes at your house and in our system, and cause sewage to back up into your home, yard, street and waterways. Not only will you have to pay a plumber to fix things, JEA will have to pay for these cleanups, too, which can lead to increased utility bills.

Running hot water and turning on your garbage disposal while you pour your grease down the drain does not work. The grease will still clog your pipes.

    Properly Dispose of Fats, Oil and Grease

    1. Pour cooking grease into a used can.
    2. Seal the can in a plastic bag.
    3. Put the plastic bag in the trash.

    Commercial Fats, Oils and Grease Program

    Keep your customers happy and your kitchen healthy! Any food service establishment or commercial/institutional kitchen that is connected to the JEA sewer system is required to participate in the Commercial Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) program. Our Commercial FOG Program helps you navigate:

    • Facility requirements
    • Grease trap maintance
    • Best management practices

    Commercial FOG Program

    Recycle Fats, Oil and Grease for BioFuel

    What to do with leftover frying oil? Recycle it to be turned into biofuel. Use the map below to find a recycling station close to you.

    View JEA Used Cooking Oil Recycling Stations in a larger map

    Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Stations
    JEA and Metro-Rooter provide used cooking oil recycling stations at several local Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Stations so that customers can recycle their used cooking oil and grease.

    Apartment communities, condos and homeowners associations
    Multi-family communities are also eligible to participate in the JEA Used Cooking Oil Recycling program. Qualifying communities receive a recycling station which residents can deposit used cooking oil and grease into. A recycling company collects it, and then refines it into biofuel and animal food. 

    Customers may also drop off used cooking oil and grease at the following locations: 

    Never Flush Wipes Down the Toilet

    When you flush a wipe down the toilet, you are creating a situation that could clog your pipes and your sewer system. The wipes to not dissolve like toilet paper. They hang around in pipes and in the sewer system often with horrid results. They often combine with grease in the system to form a hard residue that's could cause a serious back-up. Even though the packaging on some wipes now says they were manufactured with “safe flush technology” we recommend you keep them out of your toilet entirely and dispose of them in the trash.

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