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