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Grease Management

In 2001, there were more than 800 sanitary sewer overflows in the City of Atlanta. Many of these overflows were directly related to the improper disposal of fats, oils and grease (FOGs). These overflows are costly in both dollars and environmental pollution. In 2001, the Atlanta City Council passed an ordinance establishing the City's grease permitting program. Grease permit compliance is required of all food service establishments, including restaurants, institutional cafeterias (hospitals, schools, etc.), taverns, food vending vehicles and other establishments that prepare and serve meals and other edible products. The Department of Watershed Management is responsible for monitoring and enforcement of the grease permits.

  • Fee Structure:
    • 0 to 5 traps fee increases from $100 to $300
    • 6 to 60 traps maximum fee is $3,600 (6 venues)
    • Reinspection Fee is $50
  • Alternative Sampling for Non-Trap Facilities:
    • 100 ppm standard for discharge to system
  • Reduced Trap Maintenance Requirements:
    • 15 days to 60 days maximum or as required
  • Commercial Waste Transportation Permits, Inspections & Penalties for Haulers
  • Annual Cost for Personnel and Equipment:
    • 12 employees
    • 9 sampling vehicles and equipment
                       $647,000 (2003) + Future Salary Incr.
  • Annual Revenue Generation from Fees:
    • 2130 permits @ $300 each
    • 420 reinspections @ $50
    • TOTAL: $660,000
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