Liquid Environmental Solutions

Kitchen Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Municipal code lists fats, oils and grease (FOG) as a prohibited discharge. To minimize the amount of FOG entering the sewer system, restaurants and commercial kitchens are required to install and maintain a grease trap or interceptor.

Implementing kitchen best management practices (BMPs) reduces costly sewage backups or overflows into your business and the environment.

Why Should I Help?

  • Prevent grease buildups from blocking sewer lines.
  • Stop sewer overflows into streets and storm drains.
  • Save money spent on costly cleanups of sewage spills.
  • Reduce the number of times you have to clean your grease trap or interceptor.
  • Protect the quality of our water.


  • Implement a preventive line maintenance program.
  • Put oil and grease in covered collection containers.
  • Scrape food scraps from dishes into trash cans or garbage bags and dispose of properly. Avoid using your garbage disposal.
  • Remove oil and grease from dishes, pans, fryers and griddles. Cool first before you skim, scrape or wipe off excess grease.
  • Prewash dishes and pans with cold water before putting them in the dishwasher.
  • Cover kitchen sink with catch basket and empty into garbage can as needed.
  • Cover floor drain with fine screen and empty into garbage can as needed.


  • Pour oil and grease down the drain.
  • Put food scraps down the drain.
  • Run water over dishes, pans, fryers and griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain.
  • Rinse off oil and grease with hot water.

For more ways to tackle grease, and to download a helpful BMP poster, please click here.

After implementing your BMPs, scheduling frequency-based, routine maintenance is the best way to stay in compliance. LES is the nation’s largest provider of grease trap services. We evacuate 100% of grease trap content and give it a thorough cleaning. This not only helps protect and extend the life of your grease trap, it’s a smarter approach for both your business and the environment. Let’s talk.