Attention at Home Chefs!

Did you know that 70% of the sanitary sewer blockages and overflows in the City of Norfolk are caused by the buildup of fats, oils and grease? Norfolk encourages at-home chefs to collect and dispose of these drain-clogging substances properly. 

  • Reuse or recycle turkey frying oil– Fried turkey is a treat, but what is the trick to disposing of all that leftover oil? Run it through a strainer into its original container, and you can use it again for future frying for up to six months or six hours of frying time. Or, freeze the container and throw the hardened oil away on trash day. Large amounts of oil, up to five gallons of liquid or 75 pounds of solid waste per visit, can be recycled at the SPSA’s Norfolk Transfer Station, 3136 Woodland Avenue, Tuesday & Saturday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. For additional information click here or call SPSA: 757-961-3981.
  • Can standing grease – The turkey frying disposal method also applies to standing grease leftover from cooking bacon, sausage and other fried foods. Pour the left-over cooking oil in a heat-safe can, pop it in the freezer to harden and toss the can out with the trash. 
  • Trash oily substances – Avoid depositing oil-based substances such as lard, shortening, butter, margarine, dairy products, batter and icing, salad dressings and sauces into the drain, where they can congeal and clog the pipes. Dump these leftovers in the garbage instead. 
  • Scrap leftover foods– Throw food scraps in the trash or compost them. Use a napkin or paper towel to wipe away residue from serving dishes and plates. Then rinse these items over a sink strainer to catch and dispose of any remaining food particles. 
  • Avoid the garbage disposals: These appliances do break food scraps down into smaller pieces, but they just end up clinging to the pipe walls. Over time, the buildup increases, blocks the flow of wastewater and leads to backups. 

FOG is not only a nuisance but an environmental concern as well! If you see water where it shouldn’t be, call Utilities 24/7/365 at 757-823-1000. For more tips on keeping a clean, green kitchen, visit


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