Some common pollutants from the food service industry include:
- Cooking oil and grease
- Food scraps
- Cleaning chemicals
- Brake pad dust from delivery vehicles
Runoff (stormwater and non-stormwater) from the food service industry can be a major source of these pollutants, and once released, these harmful pollutants can be transported to our City and County channels and the ocean.
HERE ARE TIPS FOR THE FOOD SERVICE INDUSTRY TO HELP KEEP OUR WATERWAYS CLEAN:
- Close dumpster lids to avoid trash from flying out of the bins, to keep birds, vectors, and stormwater out
- Perform routine maintenance in the dumpster enclosure, including removal of surrounding debris and trash
- Contact your provider to repair or replace leaking or damaged dumpsters
- Never put liquid waste in dumpsters or trash cans
- Dispose of grease in appropriate receptacles
- Do NOT pour grease into storm drains or sanitary sewers
- Check out the City’s Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) website for proper disposal of FOG.
- Use a mop sink or wash basin to dispose of waste water generated during cleaning activities
- Wash water from cleaning equipment such as filters, grills, and floor mats must be discharged to the sanitary sewers
- Sweep sidewalks, parking lots, and all paved surfaces before washing and don’t use detergent, hot water, or other cleansers
- Clean up spills immediately with absorbent material like rags or kitty litter instead of a hose
- Do NOT hose down spills
- Provide regular employee training on spill cleanup procedures and washing practices
- Stencil storm drains to discourage illegal, harmful dumping
- Post Best Management Practices (BMP) information where employees can see it
Also, check out our applicable brochures, posters, and decals below:
Tips for the Food Services Industry (Spanish)
BMP Poster for the Food Services Industry
BMP Decals for the Food Services Industry
REPORT POLLUTION HERE
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