Pollution Prevention for Businesses and Restaurants

FATS, OILS & GREASE (FOG)

  • Use a FOG recycling/rendering service that provides watertight outdoor receptacles of adequate size.
  • Clean-up FOG spills as soon as they occur. Develop a "spill plan."
  • Use dry clean-up practices to scrape, wipe or sweep FOG from utensils, equipment and floors prior to using wet clean-up methods.
  • Don't hose FOG waste down storm drains.
  • Improper disposal of FOG may lead to by-products in wastewater treatment plants and stormwater systems.
  • Schedule FOG pick-ups related to volume of FOG generation.
  • Maintain pavements and exterior grease traps.

STORAGE CONTAINERS

Storage Container Safety

  • Outdoor storage containers should be water tight, rodent proof & protected from tampering.
  • If materials aren't stored properly, pollutants can leak from stockpiles and containers and run out onto the ground.
  • Reduce risk to environment by reducing the amount of materials and wastes kept in storage.
  • If materials must be stored outside, construct a covered, paved area designed to contain leaks and spills.
  • Regularly clean up around dumpsters.
  • If a dumpster leaks, immediately repair or replace it.

Preventing & Cleaning Up Spills

  • Don't allow open containers or tanks that are being filled to be left unattended.
  • Use a funnel when transferring liquids from one container to another.
  • Place trays under open containers and the spouts of liquid storage containers.
  • Buy products in smaller quantities whenever its cost effective.
  • Design work areas to contain spills.
  • Absorbent materials used to clean up hazardous substances must be disposed of as hazardous waste.

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