The City of Meridian’s Pretreatment Program selects up to three restaurants that consistently demonstrate superior pollution prevention Best Management Practices (BMPs) to control the discharge of wastewater containing Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) from entering the City’s sanitary sewer system. Each year the Pretreatment Program’s Staff reviews the previous year’s restaurant facility inspection reports conducted by the Pretreatment Program in order to determine the best BMPs operations and award recipients. An award plaque is presented to each award recipient to display at each business location; photos and a press release are also implemented by the City. FSE Excellence Awards Criteria and past winners can be seen below.
Grease Interceptor, Grease Trap, or Automatic Grease Removal Unit
- Cleaning is properly managed and adheres to the cleaning schedule or occurs more
frequently than required.
- Equipment area is clean and free from debris and litter.
- Equipment deficiencies are corrected in a timely manner as communicated.
- Maintenance records are retained for a period of three years and made available upon request in a timely manner.
Spent Cooking Oil Disposal Area
- Spent cooking oil is stored properly and may be collected by a rendering company or recycled for use in other products.
- The container storage area is clean and free from debris and litter.
- Fats, oil, and grease are recommended to be scraped from pots, pans, and cooking
utensils and disposed of in the trash.
- All kitchen equipment, including floor mats, exhaust filter screens, and fry racks, are
cleaned inside the kitchen with drainage to grease abatement equipment. The use of strong vaporous cleaning chemicals used for cleaning purposes outside of the
building shall be capture and retain wastewater for proper disposal.
- Enzymes, bio-additives, emulsifying agents or other similar chemicals are not
allowed to be introduced directly into a grease interceptor to reduce the cleaning
- The Meridian City BMPs poster is highly recommended to be displayed in the
kitchen area to assist employees.
- Reduce the temperature of greasy wastewater from a triple sink prior to discharge to an under-the-sink grease abatement unit located close to the sink; to prevent passthrough of grease to sewer.
- Spills are cleaned up using absorbent materials or paper products and disposed to
- Kitchen floor sinks may have optional food particle screens to collect solids prior to
the grease interceptor.
Past Food Service Establishment Award Winners
Joe Momma’s Breakfast Eatery
Fujiyama Japanese Restaurant
Pizza Hut Store #2148
The Gyro Shack
Buffalo Wild Wings
Ram Restaurant and Brewhouse
Blue Cross of Idaho and Sodexo
The Village at Meridian, owned and managed by CenterCal Properties
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s
Guckenheimer and Scentsy Commons Café
Gino’s Italian Ristorante
Ed’s 50’s Cafe
Five Guys Burgers
The Club at SpurWing