SRCSD Fats, Oils and Grease Program Wins National Award
SRCSD was recently awarded the 2008 National Environmental Achievement Award in the Public Information and Education - Educational Program category by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)* for the Commercial Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Outreach and Education Program.
SRCSD developed this unique outreach and education program aimed at food service establishments with the goal of reducing the amount of FOG that these types of businesses contribute to the sewer system. Fats, oils and grease are natural by-products of the cooking and food preparation process. When disposed of by putting down the drain, these items can cause blockages in sewer pipes.
The award is for the FOG Control Program Information Kit, a highly focused program to educate commercial businesses (both owners and staff) about common sewer pipe blockages and related overflows and how to properly dispose of fats, oils and grease. Emphasis was placed on easy-to-follow directions and visual cues. A key part of the program was development of a comprehensive “training module,” packaged in an attractive and durable, easy-to-handle folder. The training module is distributed to Food Service Establishments directly through the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department.
In addition to the NACWA award, the Fats, Oil and Grease Control Program Information Kit has won the 2008 California Association of Sanitary Agencies, Large Agency Public Education Award, the 2008 California Water Environment Association Video Award, and the 2007 Videographer Awards Award of Distinction.
* NACWA represents the interests of over 300 public agencies and organizations that have made the pursuit of scientifically based, technically sound and cost effective laws and regulations their objective. NACWA members collectively treat and reclaim more than 18 billion gallons of wastewater daily.
See FOG Brochure for more details.