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• Animal fats • Vegetable oils • Cooking Grease • Proteins • Starch
Zi-Gest enzyme digests animal fats, vegetable oil, cooking grease, protein, starch and starch based thickeners. biologically breaks down the causes of bad odours and blockages.
UltraFLOW is robust, battery powered, automatic
biological-dosing system that continuously
protects your kitchen drain lines from the
build up of fats, oils and grease
Avoid fines into the tens of thousands of pounds.....
Fatbergs are a huge problem for water companies, it is reported that Thames Water are spending around £1 million per month cleaning out the sewers. They believe around 95% of fast-food outlets do not have a management system in place. The company, along with other water companies have now decided to take action, they are in the process of starting a campaign to encourage companies to have an effective system to manage FOG deposal. The campaign will mainly target restaurants and fast-food outlets. The water company, now has a dedicated network protection team and investigators, that will be visiting local food outlets and restaurants. Firstly, the company say that they are there to offer advice and remind the of the legal obligations, they hope to work with business to reduce blockage however the company says 'that it will consider recovery and prosecution'.
What is FOG?
It is simply Fats, Oils and Grease that go down the drain.
What problems does it cause?
Fats, oils, grease and food waste cause major problems in drains and sewers. When disposed of down kitchen sinks, toilets or drains, this waste congeals to form blockages which can lead to flooding and pollution.
What happens to the fat?
Fats, oils and grease (FOG) in liquid form may not appear to be harmful but when disposed of into the drainage system they mix with food and other sanitary waste, congeal and harden in the pipe. Over time this grows to form blockages.
Using detergents or bleach may have some impact on clearing grease and other debris from the pipework beneath the kitchen sink, but these chemicals have little impact when they become naturally diluted in the sewer network. The use of food waste macerators only makes things worse in our sewers by grinding up waste food, including any fats, and releasing it into the drainage network.
What are the consequences of not ensuring you deal with your FOG?
Water company, Councils, Landlords, Food Safety Authority, the European Court and even building regulations can impose fines of thousand and even ten of thousands of pounds.
Cafe Staffron, Codsall fined £5,495 read more
Jarmac, stockport, fined £14,293 for breaching UK Water Industry act 1991
for releasing pork rind fat into the sewer. read more.
The Law and Regulations!
UK Water Industry Act 1991 -
The relevant section is S111(1) which states “… no person shall throw or empty any matter likely to injure the sewer or drain, to interfere with the free flow of its contents.”
This is fairly broad in catchment and covers many things not just grease. The act also allows water companies to claim compensation from the offending company if it can be found and traced that they were responsible for the grease blocking incident. Fines and imprisonment are also possible.
Building Regulations. Part H (Drainage and Waste Disposal) 2002
This regulation is much more direct than the above act when it comes to how grease should be dealt with.
Point 2.21 states ““Drainage serving kitchens in commercial hot food premises should be fitted with a grease separator.”
It follows from this that grease traps must be installed in appropriate premises which include: Hotels, restaurants, hospitals, bakeries, fast food chains etc.
The Food Safety Act 1990
means that if local authorities inspect organisations and there are found to be problems resulting from poor grease management, action can be taken.
Environmental Protection Act 1991
Under the act a duty of care is placed on a company to dispose of waste carefully. This includes fats, cooking oils and thus grease. The act also creates a “statutory nuisance” meaning if there are complaints smells, blockages the local authority have the power to serve an abatement order to stop this, which if not complied with can result in prosecution.
(European Council) Animal By-products regulations 1774/2002
stops grease waste being used in animal feed. Waste must also be disposed of via a licenced carrier.
During 2007 there became a regulation which stopped liquid grease being disposed of at landfill sites.
As can be seen grease regulation is a very controlled and serious area, giving gravity to the amount of damage that problem grease can cause with blockages and for the environment.