If you operate a food servicing establishment in California; it is best to know and understand what is necessary to stay in compliant with all implemented Best Management Practices (BMP) to prevent costly issues.
Both grease traps and grease interceptors are mandated to be pumped and cleaned regularly to prevent sewer contamination. Majority of the cities throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, San Diego and Ventura Counties regulates that all small traps inside the kitchen are to be service monthly and larger outdoor interceptors quarterly or when it reaches 25% FOGS content.
Excessive FOGS in these devices will cause it to be inefficient and ineffective in which why it is mandatory for all its content to be pumped and removed.
Improperly or lack of cleaning service will cause the trap or interceptor to do its job properly and cause it to overflow which can be very costly to service and clean up.
Grease waste collected from restaurants or commercial kitchens must be collected by the licensed grease hauling company. All cooking oil or grease waste removed from the property must be documented with a manifest report summarizing the the amount of waste removed and destination of where the waste is being disposed.
Without having a proper documentation or manifestation report, the inspector can cite the establishment. Therefore, with every grease trap or grease interceptor cleaning and / or cooking oil collection service it is important to acquire the manifest form form the licensed hauler.
When choosing a grease collection or grease trap cleaning company, it is highly recommended to make certain that the company is properly licensed and insured to protect you from any unnecessary citations or fines.