The City of Albany has had an increase in food trucks operating within city limits. It is important to remember that food trucks have a responsibility to take care of their waste much like a restaurant. While working in a food truck please use the following Best Management Practices (BMPs).
Food Cart Best Management Practices
While operating a food truck please use the following Best Management Practices (BMPs).
- Do not dump grey water (hand-washing water, food wastewater, sink water, mop bucket water, water with disinfectant, etc.) into a storm drain, parking lot or street.
- Do not wash or spray down food cart equipment, spills, contaminated pavement or containers into a catch basin, planters, sidewalk or street.
- Do not allow food waste and oil to run from a truck into a catch basin or onto a street.
- Do not leave waste or oil containers uncovered and exposed to rain.
- Maintain food cart grey water holding systems, not repairing leaks, or cleaning up spills from waste transfers (such as the dump hose and hose connections).
- Do not establish an ad-hoc sewer connection using a hose or hard plumbing. Wastewater from a mobile unit can only be discharged to the sanitary sewer at an approved location.
Failure to follow the BMPs can result in enforcement actions against the truck operator, the property owner or both. The city notifies property owners of violations and enforcement related to their property. Enforcement actions can include fines, corrective actions and cost recovery for damages or cleanup. Repeat violations will result in escalating enforcement with increasing fines.
Disposal of Food Cart Waste
A list of haulers is posted at preferredpumper.org. All businesses on the list are trained and permitted to haul and dispose of food cart wastes.
If you have any questions on how to follow the food cart BMPs or on what to do if you have a spill, please contact: