Grease Management Program
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) disposed of incorrectly can have severe unintended consequences. Oils and grease poured onto the ground can be harmful to pets and can attract pests, while oil or grease poured into the sink or storm drains pollutes local bodies of water, harming wildlife.
Grease makes its way into city sanitary pipes when you dispose of oil, butter, dairy or other everyday cooking products down the sink.
Grease disposed down your kitchen sink clogs drains and creates sewer backups. Blocked sewer pipes can cause raw sewage overflow in your home, your neighbors’ homes or in parks and streets. Grease may lead to an expensive cleanup and plumbing repair bills at your expense.
Tips to Maintain Grease-Free Drains
- COLLECT grease in a container once cooled and dispose in the trash. For very oily liquids, mix with dry wastes such as kitty litter, paper products or other absorbent materials.
- REMOVE grease or oil from your pans with a paper towel before washing.
- DISPOSE of food scraps in the trash and minimize garbage disposal usage.
- NEVER pour grease or oil down the drain.
Wastewater discharges containing high concentrations of fats, oils and grease from restaurants and other food handling facilities contribute to more than half of the blockages or overflows in the City's wastewater collection system.
To effectively address the issue, the City developed a Grease Management Program, including a grease management ordinance to establish uniform permitting, maintenance and monitoring requirements for controlling the discharge of grease from food service facilities into the city's wastewater collection system and commercial grease haulers.
Forms for Food Service Facilities:
- Grease Discharge Permit Application
- Variance to Pumping Frequency Application
- Grease Trap Log Form
- Grease Management Quarterly Report
- Gray Water Return Authorization Form
- Grease Interceptor Cleaning and Disposal Log
- Best Management Practices Manual for Fats, Oil and Grease
- Permit Renewal Application
- Grease Pumpers List
- City Code - Grease Ordinance
Forms for Grease Haulers
Disposal Sites for Grease Pumpers in Pinellas County:
|Pinellas County Utilities
10901 28th Street North
St. Petersburg, Fl. 33716
| Grease Depot Inc.
3805 126th Ave. N.
Permits for Haulers can be obtained from Pinellas County Utilities at 727-582-2379 or UTLOP97@co.pinellas.fl.us.
Industrial Pretreatment Program
The City has an Industrial Pre-Treatment Program in compliance with Federal and State Law, the Department of Environmental Protection and the "Clean Water Act".
The major objectives of the industrial pretreatment program are:
- Preventing the introduction of pollutants into the City's Water Reclamation Facilities (WRF) which will interfere with the operation of the treatment works or contaminate the resulting biosolids or reclaimed water.
- Preventing the introduction of pollutants into the City's WRF's which may pass through any treatment plant inadequately treated into receiving waters, injection wells, biosolids, reclaimed water or the atmosphere or be incompatible with the WRF.
- Improving the opportunity to recycle and reclaim municipal and industrial wastewaters and biosolids.
- Help ensure the City does not violate its treatment plant operating permits.
The program issues permits to the larger industries and transported waste from portable toilets and septic tanks within the City, ensuring the concentrations of any toxic pollutants in their wastewater comply with the requirements of the City Ordinance. The program also collects wastewater samples from various locations and continuously monitors the system for unknown sources of toxic pollutants. The program has escalating enforcement powers including termination of sewer service to industries that show patterns of repeat violations with no active effort to come into compliance with their permits.
Below are the following forms useful for facilities subject to the industrial pretreatment program.
- Non-Residential Wastewater Questionnaire
- Industrial Pretreatment Application and Instructions
- Transported Waste Discharge Permit Application
- Industrial Pretreatment Renewal application
- Slug/Spill Control Plan
- Toxic Organic Management Plan
For more information on the Industrial Pretreatment Program, call the Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator at 727-892-5694.