Gill Lester

  1. Commercial kitchen

    The Essential Grease Trap Buying Guide

    Grease traps have become a major part of any catering and foodservice set-up. Legislation has clamped down on the effects that FOG laden waste water has on the sewer system and the environment and therefore buying the right grease trap has never been more important. Here we discuss exactly what grease traps are in all their forms, how they prevent dreaded fatbergs and how to make sure you buy the right type and size for your business.

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  2. Top 10 Tempting Things to Flush that You Know You Shouldn’t

    Top 10 Tempting Things to Flush that You Know You Shouldn’t

    As a business, it is important to know what you can and cannot flush down the toilet and sinks, because there have been a number of companies fined for allowing FOG (Fat, Oil, Grease) to enter the wastewater system. However, it is important that domestic premises also follow these rules to avoid any potential problems with the water supply and do their bit to prevent fatbergs from forming.

    Here is a list of the top 10 tempting things to flush that you know you shouldn’t.

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  3. How Is Corona Virus a Threat to Our Sewer Systems?

    How Is Corona Virus a Threat to Our Sewer Systems?

    Coronavirus is moving fast. Alongside surges in the numbers of detected cases, and calls for lockdowns in cities across the world, supermarkets in the UK are currently facing panic buying on an unprecedented scale.

    Alongside mass-sales of hand sanitisers and soap, packs of toilet roll have been flying off the shelves of British supermarkets, too. But, while stockpiling soaps and sanitisers has been rightly condemned - as a sales-trend which could have serious consequences for those who need that soap the most - the sales in loo roll have been laughed off by many, as simply ridiculous.

    Ebay auctions which have seen packs of 72 rolls of Andrex flogged at over £50 a pop are certainly laughable, but the sinister consequences of this sales trend are nothing to scoff at. It could well spell disaster for our sewers.


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  4. The Truth About Fatbergs

    The Truth About Fatbergs

    We Brits love our food fast and fried – with England alone being fit to burst with nearly 60,000 fast-food joints. As we gorge on endless pizzas, fish and chips and Chinese takeaways, the businesses which we pay to produce our deep-fried mains, snacks and sides are churning out thousands upon thousands of tonnes of fat, oil and grease (FOG) waste.

    And that’s not to mention Britain’s 27 million households, tens of thousands of restaurants, pubs, and canteens (to be found in offices, schools, hospitals and prisons up and down the country) – who all contribute their fair share of FOG.

    Where does it all go? The answer to that question is one which many of us would rather ignore.

    Often, those difficult-to-dispose-of FOGs end up being sent straight down our drains and into our sewers, where they contribute to one of the biggest problems which we face today: fatbergs.

    But what exactly are these monsters lurking under our streets?

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  5. How Are Commercial Catering Equipment Manufacturers Tackling Fatbergs?

    How Are Commercial Catering Equipment Manufacturers Tackling Fatbergs?

    We’ve all heard about the fatberg problem. Fats, oils and grease (FOGs) are slipping down our drains and into our sewers where they cool and coagulate, forming huge concrete-like fatbergs over time which block pipes and make it more likely that raw sewage will overflow directly into our waterways.

    It’s a huge issue and we are all, in part, responsible. Those FOGs are coming from households, offices, schools, prisons and hospitals across the country. But the culprits most often pointed out in the media – and most often fined by water companies for playing a part in creating these sewer-blockers – are food businesses.

    From fast food joints to fine-dining restaurants, food businesses are being called upon to take on the FOG problem and ensure that they are doing the very best they can do to make fatbergs a thing of the past.

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  6. Getting Ahead of Spring Cleaning – Review your Grease Management

    Getting Ahead of Spring Cleaning – Review your Grease Management

    Running a busy catering business has many demands that need to be met. Not only do you need to provide the best service to your customers, but you must also ensure that your premises and in particular, your kitchen, is up to standard. However, sometimes, with the demands of a busy business, some of these routines can be delayed or missed such as dealing with the way you handle fats and grease.

    With Spring fast approaching, it is the ideal time to review procedures like your grease cleaning schedule and see what measures need to be improved.

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  7. The True Cost of a Grease Trap

    The True Cost of a Grease Trap

    The FOG problem is pollution pure and simple: fatbergs make sewer overflows more likely and so make it more likely that raw sewage will end up being sent straight in our waterways. A high quality grease trap, maintained in good working order, can be relied upon to help stop such overflows from happening – cutting down on the environmental costs of our national love of fried fast food.

    What’s more, a good trap can be relied upon to protect you from financial penalties: as each berg costs water companies £100,000 to remove and, increasingly, those costs are being passed onto food businesses deemed to be at fault.

    All in all, grease traps are great. But many people are still asking: are they really worth it?

    For those who are new to the FOG issue, the price tag seems huge.

    So, let’s break it down. Starting with:

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  8. Could Oil Banks Help to Fight Fatbergs?

    Could Oil Banks Help to Fight Fatbergs?

    Fatbergs are a big problem. Luckily, there are many ideas and inventions currently at work attempting to stop them from popping up.

    Besides the trusty and traditional grease trap, food businesses can now indulge in add-ons such as bio-dosers, which use chemical or bacterial mixtures to break down FOG in drains or in traps.

    Meanwhile, water companies are spreading the word not only amongst food businesses but – fully aware that household FOG waste is a major contributor to the fatberg problem - amongst the general public too. As a result, we now all know not to flush anything except the 3Ps (pee, poo and paper), and we all know that pouring FOG down the plughole is never a good idea.

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  9. Rethinking the Usual Suspects

    Rethinking the Usual Suspects

    Fatbergs seem to be forming everywhere. Across the country, fats, oils and grease (FOG) are slipping and sliding down drains and into our sewers where they cool and solidify into huge sewer-blocking masses over time.

    These discoveries have left many wondering: who’s to blame?

    Everyone’s got an idea of who to point the finger at, but, as with any finger-pointing, the reality is often more complicated than it seems.

    Let’s look a little closer.

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  10. What Should I Do If My Grease Trap Leaks?

    What Should I Do If My Grease Trap Leaks?

    Grease traps save the planet and they save you from water company fines by managing your kitchen’s output of fats, oils and grease (FOGs) – preventing these FOGs from entering the sewers where they form fatbergs over time.

    Grease traps are not meant to leak. If yours is spewing waste water across your kitchen floor, you’ll need to do something about it sharpish – before reflecting on what caused this costly catastrophe.

    For those of you knee-deep in FOG, we’ll start quickly, by addressing the priority.

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