Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG)

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  • All food service establishments (e.g., restaurants, cafeterias, bakeries, coffee shops, juice bars, etc.,) MUST have a current Grease Discharge Operating Permit (GDO) issued by Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM) of Miami-Dade County.
  • All GDO's MUST have a Grease Trap
  • All Grease Traps MUST be maintained and in good working order
  • All Grease Traps MUST be cleaned at the frequency shown on the GDO permit
  • Cleaning a Grease Trap includes pumping all wastewater and waste (FOG, settled solids, etc.,) from the system to a truck licensed by DERM to haul and dispose waste at an approved facility. Skimming, decanting, or putting any wastewater or waste back in the system is prohibited
  • Utilizing an unlicensed hauler is prohibited. Licensed hauler MUST exhibit a DERM decal
  • Not properly/completely cleaning a grease trap as mandated above (or by your GDO permit) will result in the issuance of a ticket or other enforcement action by DERM
  • Food service establishments MUST report when their grease traps are cleaned. Reporting will be by a simple-to-use internet application.