Disposing of FOG correctly is essential to ensure that your home’s plumbing and ECUA sewer lines don’t get "all choked up." Pouring cooking grease down the drain is not recommended because as grease cools, it hardens, leading to "chokes" in your plumbing or sewer line. These blockages can cause sewer back-ups and overflows into homes and neighborhoods. Even though we live in a warm climate, many fats harden at room temperature.
The aim of ECUA's Grease Disposal Program is to help our customers capture and dispose of their cooking grease in an environmentally safe and effective way. Please return the used oil to the container it came in (if possible), or pick up a grease container that you can use to store and dispose of household cooking grease (see locations below). Return your filled container to any of the designated locations, and exchange it for an empty container, ready to repeat the process. It's that simple!
FOG originates in most kitchens as byproducts of cooking:
When washed down the drain, FOG sticks to the inside of sewer pipes, which can constrict flow and block the entire pipe, causing sewer backups and overflows.
Over time, FOG accumulates in the sewer system in much the same way that cholesterol accumulates in our arteries. As FOG builds in the pipes, wastewater becomes increasingly restricted. Suddenly, sometimes without warning, a sewer pipe backs up and overflows, similar to a heart attack. The result is a home flooded with sewage or sewage overflowing into the street.
Having a clean environment is important to everyone. It impacts both our health and our economy.
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The best way to prevent problems with FOG is to avoid disposal in the wastewater system. Recycling is the preferred FOG disposal method, as it eliminates extra waste from going into the landfill. However, if you put FOG in the trash, these are recommended methods:
There is presently a monthly administrative fee of $25.00 per month, which is added to the water bill of the FOG producer.
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• Complete and submit Fog Application/Permit (Within 90 days from letter date).
• Ensure grease interceptor/trap is functioning properly and submit Grease Interceptor/Trap Inspection checklist.
• All users shall service their interceptors by pumping as necessary, so as not to exceed the 25% Rule or at a frequency determined by ECUA.
• We recommend that the FSE perform a stick test a minimum of once per month to confirm compliance with the 25% Rule.
• Grease traps shall be cleaned at a minimum frequency of once per week or more often, if deemed by ECUA.
• Grease Hauler Manifest must be filled out completely and accurately.
• Grease Haulers Manifest must be returned to the ECUA within 10 days of cleaning grease interceptor/trap.
• Retain all records of training, grease interceptor/trap maintenance and pumps outs for a minimum of three years. The FOG generator is responsible for any FOG discharge into the sanitary sewer system.
Fats, Oils, and Grease Discharge Application Form
Florida Building Code Chapter 10
If an FSE fails an inspection, an ECUA Compliance Inspector shall re-inspect the FSE within 10 calendar days. The FSE shall be charged a re-inspection fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00).
If 25% or more of the grease interceptor‘s capacity is filled with grease and floating solids, it must be pumped and cleaned immediately.
A grease trap shall be cleaned at least once a week; in some case depending on the volume of business the FSE shall clean it every day.
An ECUA inspector will inspect an FSE approximately every 90 days.
The ECUA Preferred Hauler Program (PHP) are select vendors that pump out and dispose of grease trap/interceptor contents that meet certain criteria established by ECUA. Standardized procedures increase the likelihood that grease traps/interceptors are cleaned correctly, and reduce fats, oils and grease (FOG) into the sewer system. FOG generators are encouraged to use vendors in the PHP. When generators use a vendor in the Program, the hauler will assume responsibility for submitting completed pump out reports. Also, grease trap inspections will be focused on the haulers performance in maintaining the trap and most discrepancies could be addressed to the hauler not the generator.
Grease Control Best Management Practices (BMPs) are practices that will reduce the amount of FOG that enters the sewer system from your food service establishment. The least expensive alternative that can be used in reducing grease in the sewer is improved kitchen management practices.
Following these simple guidelines along with having a correctly sized and properly functioning grease interceptor will reduce the amount of FOG discharged to the sewer system.
The ECUA Residential Cooking Oil Disposal Station allows customers to capture and dispose of their cooking oil and grease in an environmentally safe and effective manner.
The Disposal Station is stocked with FREE plastic containers of various sizes.
Once the cooking oil and grease is collected it’s then recycled as biodiesel fuel.
Thanks for helping us keep sewer lines and your home's plumbing clear and unclogged. For more information, please call ECUA Customer Service at (850) 476-0480.
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