Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Program

Drop-Off Sites for Fats, Oil, and Grease Available to Residents the Week after Thanksgiving

Virginia Beach Public Utilities will provide drop-off sites for residential quantities of fats, oil, and grease the week after Thanksgiving. The staffed drop-off sites are located at select Public Utilities pump stations and will be open daily between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Monday, 11/28, through Friday, 12/2.

Residents can drop off their fats, oil, and grease to one of the following locations:

•             1062 Ferry Plantation Road

•             3793 Lampl Avenue

•             1308 Park Center Drive

This program will provide residents with an easy way to ensure their fats, oil, and grease are properly disposed of after deep-frying a turkey or other holiday cooking. Improper disposal methods, such as pouring fats, oil, and grease down the drain or in your yard, harm your private drains, our infrastructure, and the environment.

Motor oil and drop-offs from commercial businesses will not be accepted.

The Virginia Beach Resource Recovery Center located at 1989 Jake Sears Road is available year-round for dropping off residential quantities of fats, oil, and grease. Normal hours of operation for the Resource Recovery Center are 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. The Resource Recovery Center will be closed on Thanksgiving, 11/24, and the day after Thanksgiving, 11/25.

Fats, Oil, and Grease

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Greasy foods can be unhealthy for your body, but did you know that fats, oils, and grease (FOG) are bad for your home's plumbing system, too? In addition to cooking oils and grease, the following are also considered FOG: food scraps, meat fats, lard, shortening, butter/margarine, dairy products, batters, dressings, icing, and sauces. When not disposed of properly, FOG builds up in the sewer system constricting flow, which can cause costly sewer back-ups into homes and overflow discharges onto streets. 

To remediate this problem, Public Utilities adopted the Fats, Oils, Grease Ordinance in 2009, marking the beginning of the FOG program. This program is designed to provide you with the proper tools and knowledge to prevent sanitary sewer pipe blockages that cause backups and sanitary sewer overflows. 

Online Fats, Oils, and Grease Control Management and Reporting Program

Virginia Beach is pleased to announce the implementation of an online platform for the digital management of the Fats, Oil, and Grease Control program. The goal of this digital solution is to standardize restaurant compliance; simplify environment regulation; and enhance consistency of compliance with the City's Fats, Oils, and Grease Ordinance. Participation is recommended, but not required.