Best Management Practices Water Quality Practices for Restaurants

Food waste and used grease

  • Pick up litter every day, keeping parking lots and other paved areas clean of debris. 
      
  • Be sure that all wash water drains to the sanitary sewer system – not a storm drain.
     
  • If it's necessary to clean equipment out of doors, be sure to collect wash water and dispose of it in indoor sinks or drains that discharge to the sanitary sewer system.
     
  • Know where the spill containment kit is located in the event of a spill. Store kits in a convenient location.
     
  • Clean up all outdoor spills immediately using rags, kitty litter, or other absorbent material and then dispose of properly.
     
  • If you must mop up a spill, rinse mop and dispose of wash water in indoor sinks that discharge to the sanitary sewer system.
     
  • Be sure to store grease in covered containers designed for that purpose.
     
  • Recycle grease or dispose of it at an appropriate landfill.
     
  • Make sure that your dumpsters are secure. Inspect them often and repair leaks that may occur.
     
  • Dumpsters should be placed in a covered area to prevent stormwater from entering them.
     
  • Never put any waste products or food wastes in the storm drains.
     
  • Make sure that you have a sufficient number of trash receptacles for employees and customers.
     
  • Do not place grease rendering drums near any storm drain.
     
  • Keep all storm drains clear.
     
  • Report polluters - call (336) 747-7480.

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