Pueblo Fire Department

Grease and Oil Management Program
Grease Management Program
City code requires that any person operating a facility in which grease-laden waste is produced must be part of the City’s Grease and Oil Management Program. This requirement DOES NOT apply to individual homes and apartments.

  • It DOES apply to restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, school cafeterias, nursing homes, day care centers, churches, and other food service establishments. 
  • It DOES apply to engine service facilities that repairs, services or cleans vehicles, machinery or any type of motorized equipment that requires petroleum based lubricants for operation. 
  • It DOES apply to any facility that may introduce sand and oil into the wastewater system such as, but are not limited to car washes, automotive workshops, gasoline and diesel service stations, machine shops, or boat repair shops. Best management practices must be followed, and the semi-annual Facility Compliance Report must be submitted at the end of every June and December. The city may conduct inspections of any facility with or without notice for the purpose to determine applicability and/or compliance with the Grease and Oil Management Program.
Best management practices must be followed, and the semi-annual Facility Compliance Report must be submitted at the end of every June and December. The city may conduct inspections of any facility with or without notice for the purpose to determine applicability and/or compliance with the Grease and Oil Management Program.


Why is grease a problem?
The city's goal is to reduce costs to businesses and homeowners while complying with environmental regulations. One often overlooked area is the disposal of fats, oils, and grease into the Sanitary Sewer Collection System. Grease creates significant operational and maintenance expense for the city which can result in utility rate increases. Grease is one of the leading causes of sanitary sewer backups and overflows. When grease gets into the sanitary sewer, it sticks to the inside of pipes and eventually blocks the entire pipe. Back-ups and overflows cause health hazards because of potential contact with disease-causing organisms. Grease related back-ups can result in property damage and expensive and unpleasant cleanups.

Resources
Questions and Answers on the Grease and Oil Management Program
Best Management Practices for Engine Service Facilities 
Best Management Practices for Food Service Facilities

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