Progress Staff reports

More than 30 food service establishments in Jacksonville have a new award to proudly display. The City of Jacksonville is handing out its second annual Clean Pipe Awards, honoring those restaurants and food service establishments which do their part to keep oil and grease out of the sewer lines. Thirty-four establishments are receiving the award; eight for the first time, and 26 are receiving the award for the second consecutive year.

First-year recipients include: Bonner Place Nursing Home, Corner Market on South Bolton, East Texas Medical Center of Jacksonville, Legend Oaks Nursing Center, Lupe's Mexican Restaurant, McDonald's, Stacy's Barbeque and Taco Bell.

Second-year recipients include: Angelina House, Beverly's Café, Big D's Market, Brookshire Brothers Grocery, Champs, Church's Chicken, Corner Mart on North Jackson, Dairy Queen on E. Rusk, Dairy Queen on S. Jackson, DJ's Smokehouse, Donut Palace, Fred Douglas Elementary, Gardendale Nursing Home, The Hot Biscuit, Jacksonville College, Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville Middle School, Joe Wright Elementary, Legends, Razorback Grocery, Simple Simon's, Sonic Drive-in, Subway, Trinity Mother Francis Hospital, West Side Elementary and Whataburger.

This year’s winners had to pass a number of criteria before they could receive the award, including: having been open for at least six months in 2006, having no oil and grease wastewater violations, taking care of any identified problems within the period of time required and following an approved cleaning schedule for grease traps.

The previous year’s 36 winners were based on the first two criteria.

“I’m really impressed with how well the restaurants, cafeterias, nursing homes and convenience stores did.” said Jacksonville Pre-treatment Coordinator Kenneth Doman, who oversees the oil and grease removal program.

“In March of last year, the city cut the oil and grease limits in half, plus added a requirement to clean the grease traps when they reach a certain level of grease and food waste. To have about the same number of restaurants pass as last year with the tougher demands in place is encouraging,” Doman said.

Doman attributes the improvement in the restaurants to education efforts. In April 2006, the city hosted a restaurant workshop with the help of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The city has also worked individually with a number of restaurants to identify potential solutions to grease troubles.

Oil and grease are a significant problem in sewer lines, where they collect on the pipes. The city recommends residents dispose of grease and food waste in the trash instead of dumping it down the sink or through the garbage disposal.

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