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Help us beat the blockages

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If you work in the food service industry, keeping food waste out of the used water system is crucial to making sure it’s business as usual.

Our Keep It Clear programme is working with food serving establishments and environmental health officers to raise awareness of the problems.

Tell your staff

It’s important that you and your staff prevent oil, fat and food scraps ending up down the plughole. Here's a few simple tips:

Quick tips

Scraping pots and pans:

Scrape vegetable peelings, rice, pasta, food debris and grease from plates, pans and utensils into the bin. Before washing, wipe down using a kitchen towel, and put that in the bin too.

Collecting fat:

Collect any used fat, oil and grease from cooking in a sealed, secure container. Arrange for a registered waste carrier to collect it regularly.

Protecting the drain:

Use sink strainers in plugholes to stop food going down the drain. Empty them into the bin when they get full.

Trapping grease:

If you use grease traps make sure they’re regularly serviced, cleaned, emptied and maintained. Keep a written note in your records.

Bacteriological dosing:

If you use this technology, make sure it’s operated and maintained to the manufacturer’s instructions. Keep a note in your food hygiene records.

Remember!
Preventing blockages is everyone’s responsibility, so make sure you incorporate this advice into your staff training.

Handy guide

  • 22 April 2015
    Oil food waste checklist (pdf, 0.14MB)

    Find out how to dispose of food waste, fats, oils and grease safely from your commercial kitchen with an easy-to-use, safe method checklist, supported by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Use a registered waste carrier

There are many schemes that commercial catering establishments such as restaurants, takeaways, pubs, and hotels can sign up to have used cooking oil and fat – including hard fat – taken away and converted into biodiesel.

Depending on the quantities involved, many waste carriers will collect used oil free of charge. Some will even give you lidded barrels to make collection easier.

Make sure the company you employ is registered as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency - After each collection, in return for the waste oil, a registered carrier will give you a Waste Transfer Note.

Keep these legal documents on the premises for two years in case they need to be inspected.

 

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