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 F.O.G. Facility
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.