Preventing Illegal Discharged from Food Service Businesses


Preventing Illegal Discharges from Food Service Businesses

Good Working Practices to Follow

  • Pour all wash water into the utility sink. DO NOT pour wash water down the storm drain.
  • Keep the lid to the dumpster closed so that rain can’t get in and leak out as garbage juice.
  • Sweep around the dumpster daily and inspect for leaks.
  • Dispose of grease or oil properly. DO NOT dump down the storm drain or sanitary sewer. Check grease trap regularly for overflows.
  • Clean mops, mats, oily vents, trash cans, etc. in the utility sink or designated wash area, not in the parking lot. DO NOT let this wash water flow down the storm drain.
  • Never hose down a spill. Use dry clean-up methods for spills and keep absorbent materials handy (e.g. dry mops, paper towels, kitty litter, etc.).
  • Keep cleaning materials out of the rain and place in a covered area that is designed to prevent runoff.
  • Mobile vendors should check carts and vehicles for leaks daily and repair immediately

Management Responsibilities

  • Contact a hazardous waste hauler to dispose of grease bins.
  • Have a hazardous materials response plan and be sure all employees are capable of implementing each phase of the plan.
  • Check offsite drainage patterns. (Where is water coming onto and leaving the site?) Re-duce flow by use of open vegetated swales and other nonstructural measures.
  • If cleaning the parking lot is necessary, install proper measures to ensure wastewater and detergents DO NOT enter the storm drain system.
  • Report any spill immediately to Lake County Stormwater Division.
  • When reporting a spill, be sure to include the location, date, time, type of spill and measures currently being taken to mitigate any damage.

You Can Make a Difference!

Prevent pollutants from entering our waterways at your food service facility by following the guidelines listed below: 

  • Pour all wash water from cleaning into the utility sink or wash sink. Never pour wash water down the storm drain.
  • Keep the lid to the dumpster closed so that rain can’t get in and leak out as garbage juice.
  • Sweep around the dumpster daily and inspect for leaks.
  • Dispose of grease or oil properly. Never dump down the storm drain or sanitary sewer.
  • Keep lids closed on tallow bins and keep the area clean.
  • Clean mops, mats, oily vents, trash cans, etc. in the utility sink or designated wash area. Never let this wash water flow down the storm drain.
  • Never hose down a spill. Use dry clean-up methods for spills and keep absorbent materials handy. (e.g. dry mops, paper towels, kitty litter, etc.)
  • Keep cleaning materials out of the rain and place in a covered area that is designed to prevent runoff.

 

For more information contact:

City of Leesburg

352-728-9850