WHERE TO FIND RECYCLERS
BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICE:
Use this checklist to ensure you are properly The following resources can provide information
managing your FOG.
Collect and send used grease to a
on grease recycling companies:
licensed grease hauler. Find a
Area chambers of commerce,
company that will provide storage Local county agricultural
barrels and free pick-up service. extension agencies,
If the material cannot be reused, Local commercial food suppliers, or
contain, seal and put in the Telephone book under tallow or
dumpster. rendering company.
Inspect and clean grease interceptors
regularly to prevent clogs/overflows.
Train all kitchen staff on oil and TIO N P R
grease management. A NT
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Never pour grease, oils, oily sauces or
dressing down the drain, floor storm
Graphic supplied by Delhi Twp.
drain, or into the dumpster.
Practice dry clean-up, which can be
disposed of in the dumpster.
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Never hot flush oil and grease NT
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down sinks and drains.
Place grease trap inside the facility.
Pump oil and grease weekly?
Monthly? For more information visit our web site at
want to know
Keep all records of grease pumping
for the period of time specified by
www.michigan.gov/deqp2 outreach or call
the Environmental Assistance Center at
local ordinance. (800) 662-9278.
Make sure the following fixtures are
connected to a trap or interceptor:
Wall or floor-mounted sinks
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WHATS WRONG WITH FOG? FOG CONCERNS: HOW YOU CAN BENEFIT!
(FOG) Fats, oils and grease come from Economic Incentives:
butter, lard, vegetable fats and oils, meats, Pumping out a grease trap is considerably
nuts and cereals. more costly than the service fee of a hauler.
Fats are among the more stable of In addition, with dry clean-up and other
the organic compounds and are not source reduction measures, many
easily decomposed by bacteria. restaurants can reduce their water
Fats coat, congeal, and accumulate consumption and sewer use, which leads to
on pipes, pumps, and equipment more money saved.
andsometimes obstruct lines. Grease haulers service fees are low and
sometimes provided at no charge. And
Figure 3: Effects of FOG on sewer system. some recyclers will pay for restaurant oil
Improperly managed oil and grease from
restaurants is a significant problem for Compliance:
wastewater collection and treatment Many communities have sewer ordinances
systems. Fats, oils, and greases (FOG) coat, that limit the allowable concentration of oil
congeal, and accumulate in pipes, pumps, and grease in the wastewater. Fines maybe
and equipment, leading to the costly and be associated with non-compliance and
Figure 1: Sewer line filled with restaurant grease.
hazardous flow of waste grease into drain excessive sanitary overflows may result in
lines, sewer lines, lift stations, drain fields, additional sewer charges.
and Publicly Owned Treatment Works
MANAGING GREASE (POTWs). Environmental Savings:
Recycling of oils and grease helps to keep
Improper disposal can result in high these compounds from entering waterways,
FOG (fats, oils and grease) can be biological oxygen demand (BOD) and clogging municipal sewer lines, and taking
effectively managed to minimize impacts chemical oxygen demand (COD) levels, up valuable space in landfills.
to the sewer system and decrease increased operating costs, and clogged
maintenance of grease interceptors. collection systems.
Figure 2: Practice dry clean-up. Figure 4: Clogged pipe due to FOG.