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Legislation Area

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There's a lot of official rules and regulations surrounding the correct disposal of grease and managing your premises' wastewater.
With lots of ground to cover and plenty of legal jargon, we've put together a quick look at it all, summarising it into easily digestible sections.


Water Industry Act 1991

Under Section 111 of the Water Industry Act, it is a criminal offence to discharge any matter into a public sewer which interferes with the free flow of wastewater.

Essentially, most water companies cite a "3 P's" rule: Pee, Poo and Paper - these are the only things people should be using the sewer network for and offenders can be subject to prosecution to recover the costs of removing blockages, cleaning sewers and investigating/remedying flooding & pollution occurrences ranging from substantial fines up to imprisonment.

Source: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1991/56/section/111


Environmental Protection Act 1990 Duty of Care

Under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act, every commercial premises must comply with the requirements outlined in regards to waste disposal.

The producer of waste must ensure they are using a collector licensed by the Environment Agency and that any waste collected is kept on written record.

Source: https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/43/section/34


Statutory Nuisance

Under Section 79 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, any accumulation, deposit, smells or fumes being prejudicial to health or a nuisance may be causing offence under the classification of Statutory Nuisance, subject to prosecution including fines i.e. if you have a buildup of FOGS in your kitchen or drain.

Source: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/43/section/79