Grease Abatement

Grease Abatement Regulations
A vital component of the Industrial Pretreatment program is grease abatement. Excess amounts of fats, oil, and grease (FOG) that enter the sanitary sewer system can clog pipes and result in sanitary sewer overflows into businesses, homes, or out into the street. All food service establishments are required to have and properly maintain adequate grease interceptors/traps for effective removal of FOG. View a copy of the Village’s grease regulations, to view specific ordinances (54.035 and 54.036). Obtain a copy of the National Restaurant Association’s FOG Control Tool Kit (PDF).

General Grease Interceptor/Grease Trap Requirements
  • Owners are required to obtain approval from the Village prior to installing, modifying, or altering any grease interceptor/trap.
  • All grease interceptors/traps are required to be located as to be readily and easily accessible for cleaning and inspection.
  • Physical, chemical, and/or biological additives are generally prohibited and require prior approval by the Village.
  • All food service establishments are required to maintain a written record on-site of all maintenance performed upon a grease interceptor/grease trap for 3 years after the date of such maintenance.
Cleaning & Maintenance
  • All units are required to be properly maintained in good working order.
  • All units are required to be serviced and emptied of FOG and solids at least every 90 days, but may need to be serviced more often to keep the FOG and solids level below 25% of the total depth of the unit.
  • The owner is responsible for the proper removal and lawful disposal of the grease interceptor/trap waste.
  • Grease interceptor/trap waste shall not be discharged directly to the sanitary sewer.
  • Owners may service their own units or may contract with a vendor to provide that service. For a list of local area grease removal businesses (PDF).
Inspection
All food service establishments that generate FOG may be inspected on a regular basis to ensure that the grease interceptors/traps are being properly maintained and that FOG are not entering the sanitary sewer system. Inspections may be announced or unannounced. The business is required to provide ready access to all parts of the premises to the Village for the purposes of inspection, sampling, records examination and copying, and the performance of additional duties to ensure that pretreatment regulations are being met.

Residential Disposal of Used Cooking Grease
All residents are encouraged to dispose of cooking grease and oil by pouring into an empty metal can. Once the grease hardens, the can may be placed in the regular garbage. Residents can also stop by the Environmental Quality Department to pick up a special “fat trapper” designed for domestic grease disposal. Grease should not be poured down the drain or into toilets.