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FOG Management Program

Pre-Treatment

Federal and State Law mandate that all cities, counties and other municipal bodies which process more than 5 million gallons of wastewater daily 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 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.
  • 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, 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.

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 drains can clog home drain pipes as well as city 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 home pipes as well as repairs to city sewer lines. 

Tips

In recent years, deep-frying turkeys has become increasingly popular, but what happens to leftover oil? DON’T pour it down your sink drain! 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!

Pour excess oil and grease into disposable containers, 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, mix with dry wastes such as kitty litter, paper products, or other absorbent materials. 

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, while oil or grease poured into storm drains pollutes local creeks, ponds, and Tampa Bay, eventually harming wildlife.

Helpful Hints to Maintain Your Sewer System:

Fats, Oil and Grease flyer

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:

Forms for Grease Haulers

For more information on the ordinance or the Grease Management Program,  please call 727-892-5622 or Grease@stpete.org.

Grease Haulers

These businesses have agreed to provide services to Food Service Facilities in the city.
List Updated 06-14-2016
Grease Haulers List
 
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, the 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 Grease@stpete.org. Disposal Sites for Grease Pumpers in Pinellas County:

Pinellas County Utilities
F.O.G. Facility
10901 28th Street North
St. Petersburg, Fl. 33716
727/464-7507

Grease Depot Inc.
3805 126th Ave. N.
Clearwater, FL
727/571-1999

Permits for Haulers can be obtained from Pinellas County

Matt Wotoweic
Pinellas County Utilities
727-582-2379
Email: UTLOP97@co.pinellas.fl.us

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