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 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.