Tempe Grease Cooperative
today’s restaurants, tomorrow’s energy
Nearly one in ten Tempe restaurants has enrolled in the Tempe Grease Cooperative. These business owners understand that membership is the best decision for their business, their community and their environment.
The Tempe Grease Cooperative (TGC) is an innovative partnership between the City of Tempe and its restaurants to better manage fats, oils and grease (FOG). It is the first program in the world in which a City brokers both pricing and service quality for grease trap and interceptor maintenance on behalf of community restaurants and food service establishments.
Member restaurants typically save approximately 15% by
enrolling. Please compare our pricing with what you are paying for service from your current vendor. Click here for current pricing.
The city ensures reduced odors and backups by closely managing FOG cleaning, maintenance, and collection and by administering diagnostic services.
Members are assured compliance with all city requirements, allowing restaurants to focus on their core business function.
Member restaurants may be eligible for service frequency reductions that are only available to participating restaurants, allowing for additional cost savings.
The program is voluntary – restaurants can choose to join or withdraw at any time, with no fees and no contract.
Additional financial incentives
Members may receive finders’ credits for referrals and year-end dividends for downtown restaurants based on sewer system savings.
A sustainable alternative
Partners in the TGC are doing more than solving their own plumbing needs. They are also a critical part of the City’s
solution to solving larger environmental challenges:
- They help create more sustainable sewer infrastructure for the City and plumbing infrastructure for their business.
- They help ensure that Tempe’s neighborhoods remain clean and odor-free.
- They know their waste is being properly managed and not illegally dumped. They are partners with the City in its pursuit of future opportunities to utilize FOG for the generation of renewable energy.
What our partners are saying
The Tempe Grease Cooperative has the support of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Arizona State University, and local Tempe restaurateurs who believe in doing the right thing for their business and the community.
“The difference in service that we're getting is night and day.”
- Jason Brown, GM
“The Tempe Grease Cooperative is a perfect match for my business model...it has been a luxury that I would never want to have to change.”
- Daryle Dutta, Owner
Tempe Farmers Market
“Tempe’s Grease Cooperative really is a 360 degree win. We are very excited about Tempe’s program”
- Henry Darwin, Director
AZ Department of Environmental Quality
“We are saving quite a bit of money per month…it’s easy to do, it’s a no brainer…it’s perfect.”
- Robert Trick, Owner
House of Tricks
2014 – Received an Award of Merit through the Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Awards within the Livable Communities (Public Policy/Plans) category.
2015 – Received Copper Level recognition through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s Voluntary Environmental Stewardship Program.