In partnership with Seattle Public Utilities, and funded by the Seeds of Resilience Impact Investment Fund, Cascadia developed and implemented a fats, oils, and grease (FOGs) interceptor training program to support local foodservice businesses with FOG compliance.
Grease present in wastewater from kitchens can quickly build up in sewer pipes, creating clogs and impacting wastewater quality. Grease interceptors are required in Seattle and must be cleaned regularly to meet City code. Seattle Public Utilities created this program to help restaurants keep their grease interceptors clean—preventing clogs that are difficult to remove, supporting businesses in meeting City code, and improving green business practices. This training program also served as an opportunity to connect local businesses to business development organizations who support license submission and business planning.
Cascadia staff worked closely with community partners at the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area and Business Impact Northwest to connect with and recruit entrepreneurs to participate in the program.
The first day of training with the eight selected participants was held at the Seattle Public Utilities’ offices—and included an overview of FOG issues, City of Seattle interceptor requirements, demonstrations from grease interceptor vendors, and a business planning and licensing session. The second day was hands-on cleaning of multiple grease interceptors at the Seattle Center Armory food court. In addition to the training, participants received a stipend for attendance and a free interceptor cleaning kit.
Post-training surveys indicated that all participants agreed they received the key information needed to start their own grease interceptor cleaning business. We are excited to continue moving this program forward, connecting directly with foodservice businesses, and supporting sustainable business practices across the City.