A good Fats, Oils, and Grease (F.O.G.) waste interceptor maintenance tracking program/policy is essential in an effective F.O.G. discharge prevention program. Too often jurisdictions simply default to a "bigger is better" attitude when it comes to the sizing of F.O.G. waste interceptors. The reality is an effective F.O.G. discharge prevention program should be a "3-pronged" approach:


  1. Proper sizing protocol for grease interceptors, including determining a reasonable grease production value for the business.

  2. Jurisdictions must take responsibility and adopt rules governing grease haulers, grease interceptor servicing/reporting criteria, including standard service intervals.

  3.  Required yearly training programs for foodservice operators including "front of the house" and "back of the house" staff.


Item number one listed above is provided on this site. Click here for F.O.G. waste sizing:


F.O.G. Waste Interceptor Sizing


For information regarding the average number of meals served per hour for various types of foodservice operations click here:


Why Average Number of Meals Served Matters White Paper

Item number two above is up to the local authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ). If they choose not to be proactive in dealing with fats, oils, and grease waste then they may often find themselves dealing with sanitary sewer overflows resulting from deposits caused by the same. They will also find themselves under increased scrutiny by the EPA. 


Item number three above is essential for foodservice operations. Even if it is done on a voluntary basis, the resulting savings in ongoing maintenance will be substantial.


The Bottom Line


The bottom line for F.O.G. waste discharge prevention is that it involves everyone, including:


1. AHJs

2. Design Professionals

3. Contractors

4. F.O.G. waste haulers

5. Foodservice Operations


If any of the aforementioned parties neglect to fulfill their responsibility, F.O.G. waste will soon become an issue. I was fortunate to learn of a program now available online that can be an amazing tool for F.O.G. waste prevention. When the owner of the business, Don Blair, was in my office explaining what the program does and the tools it provides for the FSO, I was beyond impressed. I really see this as the future for tracking F.O.G waste.


Don is President of Riteway Industrial Service Inc., his company services F.O.G. waste interceptors and he was explaining how due to what he and his employees have been witnessing during services, he felt there was something that needed to be done. Thus he created F.O.G. BMP, a web-based program designed to assist FSOs. Don indicated he was trying to get AHJs to adopt or require FSOs to use the program. I see a much more direct path to getting this out to the FSOs, through the F.O.G. waste haulers. If the waste haulers would simply offer this program to their customers, either indirectly as an add-on service or directly by including it as part of their basic service, it would have a huge impact on F.O.G. waste discharge prevention compliance. 


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