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About the Grease Management Program
Wastewater discharges containing high concentrations of fats, oils and grease (FOG) from food service establishments such as restaurants, schools, nursing homes, day cares and other similar public facilities contribute to more than half of the blockages or overflows in the city’s wastewater collection system. To effectively address the issue, the city developed a Grease Management Program.
The purpose of the grease management program is to establish uniform permitting, maintenance and monitoring requirements for controlling the discharge of fat, oil, & grease from food service facilities discharging into the city’s wastewater collection system.
For more information on the Grease Management Program, please call 404-546-1400 or fax 404-223-3870.
All food service facilities are required to submit a complete permit application, pay permit fees and be available for inspections. The following permit fees are assessed based on the number of grease traps required per facility:
Grease Trap Requirements
Please refer to the Grease Management Ordinance, section 154-297.01 for the proper type and sizing of required grease traps.
The Site Development Division will be responsible for all grease trap plan reviews. For more information on Grease Trap Plan Review please call 404-330-6249.
All food service facilities are required to submit three (3) copies of the following before obtaining a plumbing permit.
Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) Best Management Practices (BMPs)
Food service establishments can implement no-cost or low-cost BMPs to eliminate fats, oil and grease (FOG) in their wastewater. The following table lists several BMPs and the benefits to Food Service Establishments.
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Residents can help prevent pipe blockages and sewer overflows by keeping grease out of the sewer system. Sewer backups can cause damage to homes and health hazards, and can threaten the environment. Sewer pipes blocked by grease are an increasingly common cause of overflows.
Where does grease come from?
Fats, Oils, and Grease are a natural consequence of cooking and occur naturally in many foods. Grease is the common term for animal fats and vegetable oils. It can be found in such items as:
What are the grease issues?
Grease is frequently poured down the sink drain. The warm oils are liquid, can be poured and thought to be harmless. It may not appear to be harmful but as the liquid cools, the grease solidifies and causes buildup inside the pipes, becoming a hardened mass. The buildup restricts the flow of sewage and clogs the pipes. The implications can be:
Be a FOG Fighter
Here’s What You Can Do:
For grease trap requirements or to report a grease violation, please call 404-546-1400 or fax 404-223-3870.
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Atlanta, Georgia 30303