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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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Quick Tips

What Food Service Establishments and Commercial Buildings Can Do


  • Put oil and grease in covered collection containers and recycle. 
  • Scrape food scraps from dishes into the trash or compost them. 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 or compost. 
  • Cover floor drain with fine screen and empty into garbage or compost. 
  • Use a grease trap or interceptor that is designed, installed, and maintained correctly.
  • Check and maintain grease traps and interceptors regularly.
  • Stop using your garbage disposal if possible, or try to minimize its use. 


  • Don’t run water over dishes, pans, fryers,and griddles to wash oil and grease down the drain.  
  • Don’t rinse off oil and grease with hot water.  
  • Don't pour grease or oil into sinks, floor drains, or onto a parking lot or street. 
  • Never put solids into grease traps or interceptors. 
  • Do not use degreasers, enzymes or bacteria without checking with the City first.