​F.O.G (Fats, Oils & Grease) PROGRAM
​Lee County Utilities (LCU) is committed to protect public health, the environment and providing reliable sanitary sewer service. LCU requires every business or other commercial establishment such as, restaurants, food service / processing to maintain their oil and grease interceptors and other devices (internal kitchen traps). As well as perform, periodic inspections of these facilities to ensure compliance with the County code as outlined in Lee County Ordinance 14-24-Grease Management.

See our frequently asked questions section for more information.
Click here to see Best Grease Management Practices
​To prevent excessive amounts of fats, oils and grease (F.O.G) to flow into the County’s sewer system you are responsible for ensuring your interceptor is, pumped, cleaned and all F.O.G. materials from your interceptor are disposed of properly. You are responsible for ensuring that you or your hauler file all Oil and Grease Interceptor maintenance report.
​Below are required pumping and cleaning intervals, however, a more frequent schedule may be required.
Grease Interceptors- (> 50-gallon capacity)
At a frequency not to exceed 90-days; or if one of the following occur:
  1. When the floatable grease layer in the outlet side exceeds six (6) inches in depth, as measured by an approved dipping method.
  2. When settable solids layer in the outlet side exceeds eight (8) inches in depth, as measure by an approved dipping method.
Grease Traps- (< 50-gallon capacity)
At a frequency not to exceed 7-days; or if the following occurs:
  1. At each time, the total volume of captured grease and solid material displaces more than twenty (20)percent of the total volume of the unit.
​Grease interceptor/trap maintenance reports are filed via BSI Online. There is no fee to submit your results.
​New Grease Waste Requirements Effective July 1, 2022

Senate Bill 1110 passed in the 2022 Florida Legislative Session and published in the Laws of Florida 2022-095 creating section 403.0741, Florida Statutes (F.S.). The new law requires grease waste haulers to dispose of grease waste, including grease waste from grease interceptors, traps, and graywater, at disposal facilities, and to document grease waste removal and disposal with service manifests.

For more information click on the link below.

What is F.O.G?

They are found in common food and food ingredients such as, meat fats, lard, oils, butter, margarine, milk, cream, sauce, gravy, dressings, and food scraps. Restaurants and other food service establishments are a significant source of F.O.G. because of the large amount of grease used in cooking and other food preparation.

Why is F.O.G management important?

It is important to properly maintain and dispose F.O.G. to avoid potential environmental concerns, which may result in violations and possibly, costly fines. Grease hardens when cooled, along with fats and oils, forming globs that stick to walls inside of sewer pipes. This restricts wastewater flow and can clog the pipes leading to sewer overflows into parking lots, streets and even into your home or business. These substances can also cause grease in-flow into LCU’s Water Reclamation Facilities, as well as coat pipes, manholes, wet wells and other County facilities, depriving the system of its capacity.

What is a grease interceptor and how does it work?

Grease interceptors are located outside buildings and will trap floating grease/food waste and prevent it from entering the sewer system.

What is a grease trap and how does it work?

Grease traps are usually located inside a building. It collects grease/food waste before it enters the plumbing system.

Who is responsible for submitting maintenance reports to BSI?
You are responsible for ensuring that you or your hauler file all Oil and Grease Interceptor maintenance report.

What information do I need to submit maintenance reports?

Grease interceptor/trap maintenance reports are filed via BSI Online.
Information you will need to submit report(s):
  1. Facility Information
    1. Enter the facility name or address of where the maintenance was performed.
  2. Interceptor Information
    1. The details of the interceptor or trap (Type, Size, Location).
  3. Pumping Company Information
    1. The pumping or hauling company that performed the maintenance.
  4. Disposal Information
    1. The disposal facility, measurements, repairs made (if any) and when the maintenance was performed.

What if I am unable to find my facility in BSI?

If the facility you are looking for is not in the list, please use this form to have it added to our system. Once added we will contact you and then you can return to fill out the report.