Effective August 4, 2020: Citing the need for stronger action to flatten the curve of COVID-19, Mayor Lumumba has signed the Third Amended Stay Safe Jackson Executive Order which orders bars to close for inside service. All bars, nightclubs, lounges, taverns, and private clubs located in the City of Jackson shall close, except to the extent that such establishments ONLY provide take-out, pick up, delivery or drive-through services as allowed by law. Businesses found in violation will be shut down for 24-hours and must submit an Attestation of Compliance with the City of Jackson before reopening. Mayor Lumumba has also issued a Mayoral Curfew Order in the City of Jackson effective August 6th at 12 midnight - 5 am for the next five days. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call our Hotline at 601-586-3067 and fill out the Symptom Collector. If you are in need of mental health support during this time, call our Mental Health Warmline at 601-586-3073. 

Press Release: City of Jackson Encourages Restaurants to Clean up Harmful Fats, Oils, and Grease with ‘FOG’ Program

Posted on September 10, 2018


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(Jackson, MS) – The City of Jackson is partnering with local Food Service Establishments (FSEs) to help educate business owners on the importance of keeping fats, oils, and grease —or FOG— out of the City’s sewer system.

As they move through the sewers, FOG components congeal, causing line blockages or sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) which require significant resources to alleviate.

In an effort to help combat this issue, the City has launched a new Fats, Oils, and Grease Control Program (FOG Program) as one part of the City’s efforts to meet the requirements of its Consent

Decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the volume and frequency of sewer overflows.

Without proper management practices FOG will accumulate in sewers. Restaurants and other food service establishments can face fines and water and sewer service can be interrupted due to blockages and backups. The City of Jackson’s Code of Ordinances now includes FOG control provisions, and in some cases, Food Service Establishments may be held financially responsible for damages resulting from blockages and backups.

The Jackson FOG Program is designed to educate FSEs and the public on the importance of FOG control, provide information on Best Management Practices (BMPs) to keep FOG out of the sewer system, and help to enforce proper FOG management practices.

Grease control devices –grease traps or grease interceptors– are required to collect all grease generated by the establishment on the premises. Grease enters food service establishments grease traps from dishwashers, sinks, floor drains and dumpster pads. Grease traps and grease interceptors are used to recover the grease and protect the sewer lines. Blockage of sewer lines occurs when these grease control devices are not maintained properly. Proper maintenance requires the entire contents of a grease trap to be removed weekly or monthly as needed and disposed by a licensed waste hauler.

Food Service Establishments wanting to know more about the City of Jackson’s FOG program can contact LuFunya Porter, (601) 352-6800, lporter@ajaservices.com or April Sawyer, (601)960-1087, asawyer@city.jackson.ms.us.

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