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FOG Best Management Practices for Food Service Establishments

Preventing Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) from building up in pipes is good for business. It helps prevent private sewer lines and public sanitary sewer lines from becoming blocked. Businesses can help eliminate FOG by implementing these Best Management Practices. 


  • Place screens in all sink drains.
  • Scrape food off dishes and kitchen equipment into the trash or recycling container.
  • Install a grease removal device to separate FOG.
  • Collect and store waste oil in a grease bin for recycling.


  • Schedule routine cleanings for the grease removal device.
  • Contact a licensed FOG pumper form the Regional Preferred Pumper Program.
  • Wipe down all hoods, vents, and air filters.
  • Ensure an employee inspects the grease removal device after cleaning.
  • Clean floor mats in the sink connected to the grease removal device.


  • Maintain a FOG spill kit to clean spills inside or outside the business.
  • Perform maintenance on grease removal device when notified by pumper.
  • Keep FOG out of the storm drains.  
  • Train employees to use sinks connected to a grease removal device.
  • Maintain an employee FOG training log.

Grease Removal Device Cleaning

Businesses are required to maintain their grease removal device cleaning frequency established by the City of Hillsboro. If you are not sure about your establishment’s cleaning frequency contact the Public Works Department online or call 503-681-6146.

Food Service Establishments 

A facility engaging in storing, preparing, and serving food and beverages for human consumption either on or off the premises. Types of establishments include, but are not limited to:

  • Restaurants
  • Coffee shops
  • Food Carts
  • Catering facilities
  • Grocery stores
  • Hotel and Motels
  • Public Kitchens
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Commissaries
  • Convenience stores
  • Hospitals 
  • Nursing Homes / Care Facilities

Additional Resources

Questions or Comments

Contact the Public Works Department through our online form. 

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