Green Tool Kit: Wastewater Management: For Restaurants

Restaurants are a significant source of FOG (fats, oils, and grease) because of the amount of grease used in cooking and other food preparation work. Oil and grease should not be poured down the drain because they clog up the sewer lines. They should also not be put into trash containers, because they make a mess, create strong odors, and attract rodents.

The used cooking oil that is disposed of yearly by the average restaurant has the potential, after being converted to biodiesel, to replace or migrate 1,000 gallons of imported petroleum, 3 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions, 1 lb of particulate matter emissions, 1 lb. or volatile organic compounds.

There are many companies that will collect separated grease at no charge.

For more information, contact the City of Santa Barbara’s Fats, Oils & Grease Program.