There are 6 laws and regulations governing the disposal of Fats, Oils and Grease (FOGs) in a commercial kitchen. Whilst FOGs are inevitable in any commercial kitchen, blocked drains, pests and odours that come as a result of FOG can be prevented. Not only are untreated FOGs illegal, but it could mean your commercial kitchen will face expensive repairs and maintenance fines.
WATER INDUSTRY ACT 1991
Under the Water Industry Act, it is illegal to discharge FOGs into public sewers as this may interfere with the free flow of wastewater. With the addition of our grease management services in your commercial kitchen, it will help to ensure that legal action won't be taken if the water company incurs costs in dealing with the effects of FOGs on the sewers.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT 1990 DUTY OF CARE
Collection and disposal of FOGs must comply with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act and the Environmental Protection Act (Duty of Care) Regulations. The Duty of Care is to ensure that all FOGs are managed correctly from where it was produced in the commercial kitchen to the point of final disposal.
ANIMAL BY-PRODUCTS REGULATIONS EC
FOGs from commercial kitchens can no longer be used in animal feed. This is to safeguard the food that we will potentially be eating. The collection of FOGs must be through a licensed waste carrier – liquid FOGs may not be disposed of at landfill.
BUILDING ACT 1984
The Building Act enables a local authority to require satisfactory drainage of FOGs in a commercial kitchen. Our grease traps are an effective way of protecting drainage systems from the damage caused by FOGs. We also offer bacterial drain dosing products, an alternative to grease traps that are best suited to commercial kitchens without space for a grease trap.
Local authorities are authorised to inspect premises under the Food Safety Act. Problems arising from the effect of FOGs on drains could mean your commercial kitchen is failing to comply with the Food Hygiene regulations.