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Fats, Oils and Grease Management

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.

For Residents

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.
Fats, Oil and Grease flyer

For Businesses

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:

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

Grease Haulers

These businesses have agreed to provide services to food service facilities.
Grease Haulers List updated June 2016
 
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.

Forms for Grease Haulers

For more information on the Registered Hauler Program, call 727-892-5622 or email 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 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.

For more information on the Industrial Pretreatment Program, call the Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator at 727-892-5694.

 

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