Food Cart Wastewater Disposal
Food carts are booming in Portland. They are also becoming increasingly popular outside of Portland. Food carts are licensed by local environmental health departments, ensuring the food prep process is safe and that the carts do not create public nuisances or health hazards with their wastewater.
DEQ licenses businesses that remove and haul the wastewater generated from food carts. Sometimes this is called graywater disposal, as it does not include wastewater from toilets. However, if someone wants to be in the business of disposing of wastewater generated at food carts, they must be licensed with DEQ as a sewage disposal service. Licensing ensures these businesses have the proper equipment to remove and transport wastewater and haul it to approved facilities.
Oregon Administrative Rules define sewage as “water-carried human and animal wastes, including kitchen, bath and laundry wastes from residence, buildings, industrial establishments, or other places.” A license is required to pump or haul wastewater that is defined as sewage.
If you wish to apply for a license, you must submit a license application packet, with the required fee, to DEQ.
If you have any questions about this license, please call Lisa MacGregor at 541-686-7905.
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