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National Resource Reference Guide (NRRG)
Got FOG Abatement?
Implementing a FOG Abatement program takes time and planning. It will definitely save your municipality money, reduce damage to your infrastructure, and potentially prevent sanitary sewer overflows, so it’s worth the effort.   

Still, there are many things to consider, so Western States Alliance, a project of PPRC, created the National Resource Reference Guide to help. 

This website is a “one stop shop” of resources you need to help you plan and implement your FOG Abatement Program. The website includes a Primer on developing a program as well as several individual, specific resources that cover discrete elements needed. For example: 

Establishing regulatory authority – there are several examples of how a municipality can use existing ordinances or develop their own. One document that is helpful is an Example Ordinance put together by the EPA Region 8’s Al Garcia for municipalities that don’t currently have a pretreatment program. It uses the authority of the municipality’s NPDES permit to regulate FOG.  

Communication with stakeholders – it is impossible to have a successful program without effective communication with stakeholders. Identification of stakeholders is important and some of the groups affected are identified in the graphic below, used in the WSA FOG training. The National Resource Reference Guide includes a fact sheet, Establishing an Ordinance to Control Fats, Oils, and Greases in English and Spanish to help you communicate with stakeholders about the need for a FOG Abatement Program. There is also a fact sheet, Fats, Oils, and Grease; Yellow vs Brown Grease that can be used to educate stakeholders abut the difference between Yellow and Brown Grease and their value and treatment.  

Developing the business case – is important as you work with municipality leaders and FSEs so everyone has an understanding of the financial benefits to implementing a FOG Abatement Program. Establishing the Business Case Worksheet can help organize the costs and benefits. 

Inspecting FSEs – is a critical part of the program. As you develop your program, you should be able to identify the high-FOG producers using values from the Kennedy/Jenks Brown Grease study, which quantified FOG loading by food service type, including meal and service frequency. The FSE Inspection Checklist and FOG Inspection Template are useful to help you develop your own inspections.