Organic wastes are among the many common stormwater pollutants that can degrade water quality. Stormwater runoff from eating and drinking establishments has been found to contain high concentrations of organics, food oil, and food grease wastes. When these wastes wash into our waters they can kill aquatic organisms. Organics such as food wastes and cooking oils can cause algae blooms and bacteria growth which degrades water quality.
What can I do?
Use Best Management Practices (BMPs)!
BMPs are techniques or controls used to prevent or reduce the discharge of pollutants, such as cooking oil and food wastes, into the stormwater conveyance system also known as the storm drain system.
Helpful Information and Documents:
- General Pollution Prevention
- Materials Management and Spill Response
- Inspect Your Business
- Train Your Employees
- Building and Pavement Washing
- Loading Areas and Dumpsters
- Fire Sprinkler Maintenance
- Pollution Prevention in Food Establishments (English)
- Pollution Prevention in Food Establishments (Spanish)
Tip: Wash kitchen mats in areas that drains to a sanitary sewer system.