Best Management Practices

Inside the Kitchen

  • Adding enzymes, bacteria, chemical or other agents designed to emulsify grease compounds are not allowed.
  • Never pour oil or grease down the drain.
  • Remove leftover fat, oil, grease and food waste from all pots, pans and cooking equipment prior to rinsing or washing. Scrape food into garbage or food recycling containers.
  • Post "No Grease or Food" signs above dish and mop sinks and dishwasher.
  • Ensure all inside sinks and drains have screens and are cleaned on a regular basis. Garbage disposal recommended to be removed.
  • Use dry methods to clean-up grease and oil spills.

Outside the Kitchen

  • Wash all floor mats, grills and garbage cans indoors in a mop sink so the waste water goes to a grease removal device. Never dispose of any wastewater outside or in an area where it can flow to the gutter, storm drain or street.
  • Use a sealed grease container or tallow bin to collect oils and grease for recycling.
  • Close the grease container lid after use to keep the rain out.


  • Wipe up oil or grease spills with rags or use absorbents, such as kitty litter or saw dust.
  • Sludge removed from oil water separators shall be tested prior to disposal to ensure compliance with hazardous waste disposal requirements.
  • Do not allow detergents or other emulsifying agents to enter the oil water separator, as this will make it ineffective.