FOG Best Practices

The fats, oil and grease (FOG) found in food ingredients such as meat, used cooking oil, shortening, butter, margarine, baked goods, sauces and dairy products are a major concern for most cities’ sewers. When not disposed of properly, FOG builds up in the sewer system constricting flow, which can cause sewer back-ups into restaurant and overflow discharges onto streets. It can also interfere with sewage treatment processes at the Cities’ Wastewater Treatment Plants. In order to maintain your sewage system and minimize these risks, it is essential you schedule regular Used Cooking Oil Removal service in your Los Angeles Based Restaurant services.

The key to maintaining FOG and reaching sustainability is to minimize the creation of this waste and maximizing the disposal of fats, used cooking oils, and grease. The next step is to reduce the amount of FOG released and recycle the waste. Every food service establishment should have a grease trap interceptor system properly installed. For a small initial investment, these grease traps will save money and hassle in the future.

Here are a few suggestions via Sustainable Foodservice Consulting to help reduce the FOG production and potential service costs in your restaurant:

When cleaning fryers, squeegee the insides while still warm then wipe down with paper towels before cleaning. This will reduce the amount of oil going into the sewer system.

Train employees to dispose of liquid and solidified oil into a designated bucket.

Use spatulas to scrape grease and food material from pots and plates before per-rinsing them. This saves time and water and while also promoting clean kitchen drains.

Use dry clean-up techniques for greasy spills. Use a paper towel or absorbent pads before mopping.

Direct all drains from FOG-producing sources to a properly sized grease interceptor and away from storm drains.

Wipe excess grease off hood filters and then rinse in a sink where the waste-water will discharge into the grease trap.

Have exhaust hoods cleaned on a regular basis.

Keep outdoor grease receptacles away from storm drains; Post “No Grease” signs.

At Optimal Biofuels, we offer a variety of services to help your restaurant reduce its environmental footprint and we are proud to provide complimentary used cooking oil removal to encourage this trend. To learn more about our cooking oil removal, as well as our hood cleaning, hydro jetting, and our other services, don’t hesitate to contact us today at (877) 702-3835.


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