A growing number of commercial kitchen operators and food service providers are opting to install grease traps on their premises following a rise in enforcement notices by water companies.
The systems help to reduce the amount of oil, grease and fats present in wastewater that is discharged into city drain networks. Blockages and the costs involved in investigating and fixing them mean that companies are liable to be charged under the Water Industry Act if found to be breaking its bylaws.
Prevention is Better than Cure thanks to Grease Traps
Making sure that public waterways and the network of tunnels that support them continue to function well is not only the responsibility of councils. Commercial kitchens and food establishments must be conscious of their wastewater in relation to the quantities they are likely to discharge into the system.
This means that ensuring compliance with environmental legislation is now an important part of any commercial kitchen operation, as failure to do so can prove costly.
Water companies currently pay for the drainage and clearing costs and an increase in blockages has recently seen legislation enforcement numbers rise. As such, water companies have been stepping up the issuing of grease management enforcement notices to any businesses that fall foul of the law.
This, in turn, has led companies to realise that the cost of prevention is better than that of implementing the required solutions in response to an enforcement notice.
Avoiding Enforcement Issues and Other Costs
Not having adequate grease trap systems in a commercial kitchen or food preparation environment can often lead to blocked drains and even localised flooding.
Any fines by the authorities will not be the only cost as there may also be a loss of revenue due to disruptions or closure. As such it makes sense to install grease traps in commercial kitchens.