Best Management Practices
|Safe Environmental Habits and Procedures for:
Bakeries, Food Producers & Distributors, Grocery Stores,
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|Food Industry Problems
The byproducts of food-related businesses can harm the ocean and sea life if they enter the storm drain system.
Food businesses can cause harm by putting food waste in leaky
dumpsters, not cleaning up outdoor food or chemical spills, or
by washing outdoor spills into the storm drain system. Other routine
activities such as cleaning oily vents and operating and maintaining
delivery trucks are sources of pollution, unless proper precautions
are taken. When it rains, motor oil that has dripped onto parking
lots from business and customer vehicles is washed into the ocean
via the storm drain system.
Oil and grease that makes its way into the ocean can clog fish
gills and block oxygen from entering the water. And, toxins found
in oven and floor cleaners can, in high concentrations, harm aquatic
Best Management Practices that include the proper handling, storage and disposal of materials can prevent pollutants from entering the ocean through the storm drain system.
|Keep Work Sites Clean
Cover, repair or replace leaky dumpsters and compactors, and/or drain the pavement beneath them to the sewer. Rain can wash oil, grease and substances into storm drains.
Wash greasy equipment such as vents and vehicles in designated wash areas with an appropriate oil/water separator before storing outside. Ensure that designated wash areas are properly connected to the sewer system.
|Recycle oil and grease wastes. Never dump them down storm drains
or on the ground. Look in the yellow pages for "Renderers" or
call one of the disposal numbers listed in this pamphlet.
|Employee & Client Education
Employees can help prevent pollution when you include water quality training in employee orientation and reviews. Promote these Best Management Practices (BMPs):
Storage containers should be regularly inspected and kept in good condition.
Post BMPs where employees and customers can see them. Showing customers you protect the ocean is good public relations.
Explain BMPs to other food businesses through your merchant associations or chambers of commerce.
|This is one in a series of pamphlets describing storm drain protection measures. Other pamphlets include:
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