Why are grease management systems important?
Grease management is crucial for the protection of pumping stations and treatment works from the discharge of FOG. All Food service establishments (FSE) are required by law to install grease interceptors to reduce incidents of environmental pollution, pipe blockages and fatbergs. Blockages can lead to sewer back-ups into homes and businesses resulting in damages to the building, disruption and public health problems. The purpose of these policies is to establish clear design standards and guidelines for grease management systems.
Responsibilities of Food Service Establishments
Grease control equipment (GCE) design and construction plans should be reviewed to suit the guidelines of each state/county for example, in Northern Kentucky the Sanitation District No.1 (SD1) outlines the policies and legislations with regards to grease management. Wastewater from the grease trap should be disposed of at a permitted facility; it should not be discarded down public sewers. Monitoring equipment deemed necessary for compliance with this policy should be installed and guidelines should be adhered to. All food establishments should maintain their grease management equipment in accordance with the provision of the FOG policy and should keep up to date with new guidelines. The equipment should be installed, maintained and repaired by the owner of the catering facility. A Grease control equipment assessment should be carried out by an engineer or architect when the unit is fitted and the flow rate, discharge rate and wastewater retention time will be assessed. The grease interceptor should be located in an accessible area for cleaning and maintenance. It should be a minimum of 10’ from sinks and dishwashers to allow the wastewater to cool to a sufficient level.
Grease management policies worldwide
Worldwide countries hold different policies and legislations for grease management but the principles as to why FOG is managed remain the same, polices and guidelines are similar from one country to another but there are slight adjustments depending on different factors such as the level of development and wealth within the country. The USA have a strict framework to deal with FOG. The Environmental Protection Agency monitors Grease management over 50 states across America to ensure they are complying with the Clean Water Act. Each state has its own legislation and methods for grease management but the overlying principles remain the same.