Grease, oil and sand interceptors or traps that service commercial food preparation establishments shall be inspected by Village staff for evidence of excessive accumulations of fats, oils and grease as part of an annual trap inspection program or a special inspection in response to an indentified concern of grease buildup in the Village’s receiving sanitary sewer line.
In the event that a code violation is found with a particular grease, oil and sand interceptor or trap for a commercial food preparation establishment, the Plumbing Inspector, or designee, shall immediately pursue compliance in accordance with the Village’s property maintenance code, policies, protocols and ordinances:
a) Prepare and issue to the owner of the commercial food preparation establishment (owner) an Inspection Report listing the violations(s) along with the standard Fats, Oils& Grease (FOG) Program violation letter.
b) Request immediate action of the owner to correct the listed violation(s) that threaten the safety, health and welfare of the public.
c) For any violation(s) that threaten the immediate safety, health and welfare of the public, the commercial food preparation establishment is subject to being closed until said violation(s) are corrected.
d) For violation(s) that do not pose an immediate threat to the safety, health and welfare of the public, the Village will request a compliance schedule to correct these violation(s). The compliance schedule must be provided by the owner within one week’s time from the issuance of the Inspection Report and include all anticipated dates for submission of permit application, permit review, permit issuance, start work and complete work to correct the violation(s). All violation(s) will need to be corrected within ninety calendar days after the issuance of the Inspection Report. The compliance schedule must also be approved by the Village.
e) The owner must also provide copies of all service records for the grease, oil and sand interceptors or traps for the past year within ten days after the issuance of the Inspection Report.
If the owner fails to provide the compliance schedule within one week of the issuance of the Inspection Report, the Director of Public Works, or designee, will send the owner a follow-up FOG Program violation letter and request the compliance schedule within one week from the issuance of said follow-up violation letter.
If the owner is non-responsive to the initial and follow-up violations letters, the Building Commissioner will issue a Code Violation Notice (Notice), which will be served to the owner via certified mail and again request the compliance schedule within one week from the issuance of the Notice.
a) Bi-weekly inspections on a as-needed basis will then be conducted by the Plumbing Inspector to ensure compliance to correct the violation(s).
b) If compliance is not met by the owner, proceedings to immediately close the commercial food preparation establishment will be pursued with the Village Administrator until such time the violation(s) are corrected by the owner.
DO pour fats, oils or grease into a can until they cool. Coffee or soup cans work well. They can be stored for reuse until fill when it can be thrown in the trash.
DO wipe pans or dishes that contain fats, oil or grease with a paper towel before washing and throw the used paper towel in the trash.
DO place a strainer in the kitchen sink drain to catch food scraps and other solids and regularly empty the strainer in the trash.
DO encourage neighbors to help keep fats, oils and grease out of the sewer system.
DO maintain an approved grease trap where food is processed.
DON’T pour cooking oil, pan drippings, bacon grease, salad dressings or sauces in the sink or toilet.
DON’T run water over dishes, pans, fryers or griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain.
DON’T use cloth or rags to scrape plates or oily dishware. When you wash them, the grease will end up in the sewer.
DON’T use a garbage disposal or food grinder on fatty or greasy food. Grinding food before rinsing it down the drain does not remove the fats, oils or grease, it just makes the pieces smaller. Even non-greasy food scraps (salads, etc) can plug sewer lines.
DON’T use chemicals to remove grease clogs; they can damage the piping system