The three most common types of FOG programs


SwiftComply founder and CEO Mick O’Dwyer explores the three most common types of FOG programs. Having worked with over 100 FOG managers across five countries, Mick has a unique understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each, and in this webinar, he reveals the ‘sweet spot’ to help you get the most out of your FOG programs.

Key Takeaways:

  • All FOG programs are similar – they involve authority, outreach, GCDs, inspections, BMPs, enforcement.
    • Responsive programs:
      • Reactive approach with 1 FTE to over 1000 FSEs. There are rarely any full-time resources dedicated to the program. Contain a low number of inspections, low oversight on BMPs and pump outs, and low enforcement activity. 
    • Evidence-based programs:
      • Command and control approach with 1 FTE to 300 FSEs. Has a full-time FOG program team, with a focus on inspections (once/year), strong oversight on pump outs, and robust enforcement.
    • Risk-based programs:
      • Influence and nurture approach with 1 FTE to 750 FSEs. Has a small or part-time FOG program team with a focus on FSE education and compliance outcomes. Inspections may happen every 2-3 years, with low oversight on pump-outs.
    • The sweet spot is between evidence- and risk-based: balancing enforcement with behavioral change, assigning risk ratings, focusing on hot spot areas, involving haulers in the program, and sharing the administrative burden.