Non-Residential Grease Management

Non-residential sewer users in the City of Apopka are held to certain rules and regulations in regards to the oil and grease that they produce. These regulations are laid out in the City’s Sewer Use ordinance. In addition to these rules, we request that our Non-residential customers adopt Best Management Practices (BMP’s). BMP’s help these facilities, that utilize oil and grease interceptors/traps/separators, to run at their highest efficiency and to help reduce SSO’s in their buildings and throughout the City.

City Requirements for Fats, Oils, & Grease (FOG) Producers

All Non-residential sewer users that have the potential to discharge FOG into the City’s waste water collection system are required to participate in the City of Apopka’s Oil and Grease Management Program (OGMP). Those users that fail to meet the requirements of the OGMP will be placed on the Surcharge Program.

Establishments that typically produce FOG are restaurants, hotels, commercial kitchens, nursing homes, car washes, schools, churches, laundromats, and vehicle repair shops.

Getting with the Program

The City’s oil and grease programs were created in response to State and Federal mandates. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), initiated these programs to prevent Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO). SSOs can contaminate storm water systems, lakes, other surface waters, and pose public and worker health risks.

Oil and Grease Management Program (OGMP)

The OGMP allows the City to monitor the use and maintenance of grease traps, grease interceptors, oil/water grit/sand/water separators. These units are required to be pumped out and cleaned, at minimum of every three months, by a professional grease hauler. Owners are required to maintain documentation of these and any self-clean outs on site, as well as a copy of the OGMP certificate. The City will periodically perform site inspections to determine compliance with the program. 

Grease traps/interceptors/separators are required by Florida Building code to be a minimum size of 750 gallons capacity, with a maximum size of 1250 gallons. 

Grease Formula

To give you an idea of the needed size for your establishment please, use this formula below: 

Number of Seats x Type of Plates x (Hours opened/12) x Loading Factor = Grease Interceptor Capacity Required 

  • Number of Seats in the Dining Area
  • Types of Plates: Enter 10 for disposable plates (single service) or 25 for reusable plates (full service)
  • Number of Hours Open
  • Loading Factor: Enter 1.5 for freeways, Enter 1.25 for recreational areas, Enter 1 for Main Road Ways, Enter 0.75 for other roads

Fees and Responsibilities

  • Initial registration and application fee is $25.00 (one-time fee)
  • Monthly administrative charge is $20.
  • Grease interceptors must be pumped at a minimum of every 90 days. The monthly utility bill will reflect these charges. All establishments have the initial opportunity to join the OGMP by filling out and returning our OGMP application. Following the completion of the registration/application, we will issue a discharge certificate to each participant. Please contact us at 407-703-1731 for an application. 

Surcharge Program

By contrast, the Surcharge program is designed for the equitable cost of recovery for excessive loadings of the high strength pollutants that may cause damage to the system or harm the public. Establishments are placed on this program if the OGMP application is not completed or they accumulate multiple violations.

  • Samples are collected at a minimum of once each calendar month.
  • A monthly charge of $120.00 is charged to each non-residential customer on the program for inspecting, sampling, and analyzing of samples by an outside laboratory.
  • A monthly surcharge is assessed for the number of pounds over the established limits for BOD, TSS, and Oils and Grease for the non-complying establishment.  
  • Grease interceptors must still be pumped at a minimum of every 90 days, or the user will incur additional violations.

Please contact us at 407-703-1731 for more information about these programs.

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