The City's grease control program exists to protect Wichita sewer lines from deterioration and stoppages due to build-up of Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG). FOG includes cooking grease, and also comes from meat products (raw or cooked), dairy products, and even some plant products.
All food services establishments which are served by Wichita sewer are subject to Wichita's grease ordinance in Chapter 16.24 of the City's municipal code. "Food Service Establishment" means any facility which cuts, cooks, bakes, prepares or serves food, or which disposes of food-related wastes; including, but not limited to, food courts, food manufactures and packagers, restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, lounges, hospitals, hotels, nursing homes, churches and schools. The annual permit fee for all food service establishments is $50.00, which will be on the August or September water bill.
In most instances, all food service establishments must have a grease interceptor.
A Grease Interceptor (GI) is typically located outside, underground and is accessible through manhole covers. This is the standard grease removal system.
The levels of floatable grease and settable solids must be measured once a month on the outlet side of the GI using a Dipstick Pro or an approved equivalent. Grease interceptors need to be pumped by a grease hauler at least quarterly (every three months).
A maintenance log documenting the monthly measurements and quarterly pumping details must be maintained and submitted to Environmental Health each quarter. The maintenance log must be kept in the establishment and made immediately available to any Food/Grease inspector upon request. Most grease waste haulers provide this service for their customers.
Below is a list of service providers. The City provides this list as a service to food establishments to assist in complying with the Title 16, Section 16.24 of the City Code. This list may not be all inclusive. Providing this list does not mean the City recommends or endorses any of the facilities listed herein.
|Brooks Grease Service
||1401 S Buckner St
|Capitol City Processors
||PO Box 94148
||2155 N Mosley
|Liquid Environmental Solutions
||3901 N Broadway
Automatic Grease Removal Devices (AGRD), such as Big Dippers or Grease Stoppers, may be installed only after obtaining an approved variance letter from Environmental Health. AGRDs have components such as belts, wheels, or skimmers to actively remove the floatable grease from the waste stream. In order to ensure proper functioning of the AGRD, the basket must be emptied of solids (food scraps) and the blades or wheel cleared of grease every day. The entire contents of the AGRD should be removed with a wet/dry vacuum at least once a month.
A maintenance log documenting cleaning dates and other maintenance must be submitted to Environmental Health each quarter. The maintenance log must be kept in the establishment and made immediately available to any Food/ Grease inspector upon request.