City of Wheeling Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG) Program

2516 Main Street

Wheeling, WV 26003

Phone: (304) 234-3874

FOG waste is a byproduct generated during food preparation at food service establishments and other commercial facilities such as schools, prisons and daycares.

  • There are two basic categories -  brown grease, which is waste grease normally found in grease traps that is contaminated and yellow grease, which is used cooking oil and waste grease separated and collected. This can be recycled.
  • Where does it come from? Meats, dairy products - such as milk, yogurt, ice cream, butter, margarine, cheese and mayonnaise - dressings and gravy.
  • Wheeling's treatment plant serves approximately 550 establishments that cook food including those in Ohio County in its entirety and from the City of Benwood in Marshall County. Of those establishments, a large percentage don't have a grease trap or don't maintain them. The FOG ordinance requires all establishments to install and maintain grease control equipment specifically designed for the size of their establishment and it will enable the Water Pollution Control Division to enforce those requirements. A discharge of uncollected grease is considered a public health hazard and has a negative environmental impact. 

Details on the FOG program including, but not limited to information on permits, fees, approved grease waste haulers, inspections, etc. are available by clicking here.

Best Management Practices (BMP) are designed to help Food Service Establishments (FSEs) comply with environmental regulations and prevent pollution. The City of Wheeling's Best Management Practices can be viewed by clicking here.