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Restaurants and Other Food Service

Example of restaurant back area discharge.
Example of restaurant back area discharge.

Many practices in the food service industry have the potential to cause polluted discharges that are harmful to the environment, hazardous to public health, and against the law.

Common pollutants from restaurants can include:
  • cooking oil and grease
  • food
  • wash water
  • trash.
The way in which food service businesses are managed can have a large impact on storm water quality.

This information sheet explains the requirements and best practices for the food service industry.
Best Management Practices (BMP’s) for the Food Service Industry

Additional information from Charlotte Mecklenburg Utility Department.
http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/Utilities/GreaseFree/Pages/Home.aspx#com