Dec 16

Grease Disposal Tips

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In the UK it is illegal to allow any substance which may pollute or block the free flow of water into the sewage system. This mans any drain or sewer which is connected to the public sewage systems. When it comes to catering establishments this includes oils and grease.

With hefty fines and ever tightening food hygiene regulations it is imperative that businesses ensure that the right procedures and, if necessary, equipment, is installed to prevent fats and oils getting into the system.

The problem stems from the temptation to wash down cooking utensils and crockery in hot water, thus diluting the grease and fats into a convenient liquid which magically washes away. However, once it starts its journey down the pipes it cools, solidifies and lines the pipe walls with congealed fat, eventually over time causing blockages in the system.

There is the additional problem of bad odours, pollution in the local water courses and of course the inconvenience of having to call out a plumber and the associated costs.

In the UK there are approximatley 200,000 sewer blockages and pollution incidents, the majority being caused by fat, oils and grease. Rat infestation and flooding is also a major problem where drains and sewers are not maintained properly.

There are some very simple procedures that can protect your catering establishment from these problems:

- Wipe and scrape all crockery, pans and cooking utensils prior to washing up and place waste in the bin

- Avoid too much oil and grease in the washing up water

- Under no circumstance allow pouring of oil, fat or grease down the sink

- Always use strainers to avoid waste going down the sink

- Waste oils should be collected by a licensed waste contractor

There are a number of companies that can install efficient systems such as grease traps which are designed to stop oils, fats and grease getting into the system.

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