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Fats, Oils, & Grease Control Program for Restaurants
Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) enter the sanitary sewer through sinks, floor drains, dishwashers, and other kitchen equipment plumbed to the sanitary sewer. FOG and solid food waste entering your drains may cause blockages in either your plumbing or the sanitary sewer lines by building up along the walls of the pipes. This can lead to a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) inside your home, business, adjacent buildings, streets, or the environment. These spills are a safety hazard that can endanger public health and impact the health of our creeks and Bay.

The USEPA and the State of California have identified FOG as a pollutant of concern and are requiring collection system agencies to develop and administer Sewer System Management Plans (SSMPs). The FOG Control Program is one element required in the SSMP. The goal of the FOG Control Program is to reduce the amount of FOG being discharged into the sanitary sewer.

Service Area
The FOG Control Program serves the entire San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility Service Area, which includes the cities of San José, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, County Sanitation Districts No 2 & 3, and the Burbank Sanitary District. Title 15 of the San José Municipal Code (select Title 15) and similar ordinances or Operation Codes in other tributary cities gives the FOG Control Program authority to administer a successful program.

The FOG Control Program requirements are enforced through plan checks, inspections, and education. Inspections are unannounced and occur during business hours. Inspectors will ask to see documentation showing your food service facility is managing its FOG correctly, and will inspect indoor and outdoor areas and review your cleaning practices with you. Upon completion, a written Inspection Report will be provided and, if needed, inspectors will conduct a follow up inspection to verify that all violations are corrected. Uncorrected or serious violations will result in escalated enforcement, up to and including fines.

Best Practices and Educational Materials
The FOG Control Program has developed a large variety of educational materials, available in multiple languages, which inspectors use to educate businesses on pollution prevention and FOG management. Additionally, inspectors are available to answer any of your questions. If you are searching for an answer to a specific question please see our Frequently Asked Questions section, email us, or call one of our inspectors at
(408) 945-3000.

Grease Pumpers and Haulers
The following grease pumpers and haulers have participated in a training which covered the Ordinance requirements for grease control device maintenance and documentation. These listings are provided as a courtesy, and are not a complete list of all the suppliers of this type of service. It is the responsibility of the person who is hiring any of these companies to verify their qualifications and references as well as their compliance with regulations on handling and transporting wastes. It is in no way implied or understood that the City of San José Environmental Services Department endorses these companies or their quality of work.

 Company Phone Number Website
A-1 Septic Tank Services (510) 886-4455
All Valley Environmental, Inc. (559) 498-8378
Baker Commodities (559) 846-9393
Burr Plumbing & Pumping (408) 287-2877 Not available.
Darling International (800) 473-4890
Liquid Environmental Solutions (510) 266-5719
SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel (800) 447-3794
SRC Pumping (916) 363-1342