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Grease Management


Federal and State Law mandate that all cities, counties and other municipal bodies that process more than 5 million gallons of wastewater every day are generally required to have an Industrial Pretreatment Program.  The program is required under the "Clean Water Act" and there are presently 75 programs within the State of Florida which are all regulated (since May 1, 1995) by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Tallahassee.

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 biolsolids 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.
  • Cause the City to 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 and ensures that the concentrations of any toxic pollutants in their wastewater comply with the requirements of the City Ordinance. The program also collects samples of wastewater from all over the sewer system 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.

If further information is required, please phone the Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator at 727-892-5694.

Grease Management

The City of St Petersburg is asking residents to properly dispose of fats, oils and grease (FOG), especially in the kitchen. Many residents are unaware that pouring FOG down the kitchen sink can clog the home’s drain pipes and the city’s sanitary sewer lines. The City of St. Petersburg  hopes that by calling attention to this improper practice and offering alternatives to pouring FOG down the drain, there will be a decrease in the number of clogged pipes on homeowners’ properties as well as repairs to the city’s sewer lines. 


In recent years deep-frying turkeys has become an increasingly popular way to provide a delicious and memorable dinner…BUT…what to do with all that left over oil? DON’T pour it down your sink drain! If you do….then when you go to use your bathrooms or sinks you may find that they don’t work!

Oil and grease can solidify in your sewer pipes when it cools. This creates inconvenient clogs and smelly backups that can cost hundreds of dollars to remove. Don’t fall into this grease trap!

There are no short-cuts to proper disposal of oil and grease.  Grease poured onto the ground can attract pests and nuisance animals such as rats and flies, cause pet illness and death, and cause other problems. Oil or grease poured into storm drains pollutes local creeks, ponds and Tampa Bay, and can harm wildlife.

Please, pour excess oil and grease into a disposable container such as empty cat litter buckets, jugs, or the original frying oil container, then dispose of it in the garbage, not down the drain. For very oily liquids that don’t seem to want to harden, mixing it with dry wastes such as kitty litter, paper products, or other absorbent materials will do the trick. Remember, oil and grease is very harmful to the sewer system inside your home and in the City’s wastewater system. Proper disposal of these materials can ensure that your holiday season is not interrupted by having to call a plumber!

Helpful Hints to Maintain Your Sewer System:

Fats, Oil and Grease handout 

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 that includes a change to the city code in the form of an ordinance.

The purpose of the grease management ordinance is to establish uniform permitting, maintenance and monitoring requirements for controlling the discharge of grease from food service facilities discharging into the city's wastewater collection system and commercial grease haulers.

Forms for Food Service Facilities:

Forms for Grease Haulers

For more information on the ordinance or the Grease Management Program,  please call 727-892-5622 or email

Grease Haulers

These businesses have agreed to provide services to Food Service Facilities in the city.
List Updated 03-05-2014
Grease Pumpers List (PDF) 
Inclusion on the list does not imply endorsement or recommendation by the City of St. Petersburg. When contracting with a grease pumper, it is in your best interest to find out how the contractor will dispose of the waste. Obtain references from other businesses that use their services. Poor disposal practices cause problems, which include odors, creation of rodent habitats, and potential threats to groundwater and surface waters.
The City contact regarding the Registered Hauler Program can be reached by telephone at 727-892-5622, or email Disposal Sites for Grease Pumpers in Pinellas County:

Pinellas County Utilities
F.O.G. Facility
10901 28th Street North
St. Petersburg, Fl. 33716

Grease Depot Inc.
3805 126th Ave. N.
Clearwater, FL

Permits for Haulers can be obtained from Pinellas County

Matt Wotoweic
Pinellas County Utilities

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