2014-01-10 / Community Events

Food waste may cause stormwater pollution

Directorate of Public Works

It is important for military, civilian and contractors working in food service facilities at Fort Gordon to understand that food waste may be causing stormwater pollution and contributing to other environmental problems.

Implementing certain best management practices and practicing responsible pollution prevention can help in the following areas:

• Preventing stormwater pollution and protecting nearby lakes and streams

• Preparing for inspections from Fort Gordon environmental staff, the State Department of Health or even the federal government

• Increasing safety in your work environment.

Fats, oils, and grease, or FOG, refers to wastewater components that result from food preparation and animal/vegetable processing. Common sources of FOGs are meats, nuts, vegetable oils, butter/ margarine, dairy products, soups, and gravies.

If this waste is improperly disposed of it can cause major stormwater pollution. Facilities should never pour FOG down kitchen sinks. Any outdoor washing of kitchen equipment should be done where the spills and residues are contained or filtered with grease traps. Cover dumpsters and other waste containers to keep rainfall out.

When food service providers improperly dispose of FOG/food waste they can cause stormwater pollution or problems at the wastewater treatment plant. Drains, gutters, and catch basins can become clogged and cause sanitary sewer overflows with foul odors. FOGs can also negatively impact human health and the natural environment once they reach our waterways.

Proper disposal of FOG is required by the city of Augusta FOG discharge requirements and the Fort Gordon National Discharge Elimination System Phase II stormwater permit.

To recycle oil and grease wastes call the U.S. Food Service at (706) 854-7745 or (803) 951-4200 for grease collection.

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