Drain Management in the Catering Industry

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catering staff cleaning pots pans and trays to maintain a clean kitchen

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Pouring fats, oils and grease – otherwise known as FOG – down drains leads to serious consequences. Not only can it cause blockages that can be expensive and time consuming to remove, but it can also cause lasting damage to your drains and sewers.

Fats and oils are often disposed down drains in the kitchen and when working in a particularly busy environment such as this it may feel simpler to dispose of them in this way. Not only is it quicker when cleaning cooking equipment, but it also keeps mess to a minimum. However, this approach to disposing of cooking oils and fats can cause you much more work in the future.

When FOG is in a cooler environment, such as your drains, it quickly begins to harden. These hardening substances grow larger the more oil and grease you dispose of down your sink, eventually leading to a major blockage in your pipes.

There are over 360,000 sewer blockages throughout the UK each year, and many of these are caused by a constant stream of fats, oils and grease repeatedly being disposed of incorrectly. These build up and become known as fatbergs; massive hardened lumps of fat that can eventually block our sewer systems.

Common ingredients that contain FOG

If you are working with large quantities of FOG, such as many who work in the catering industry, then it’s important to educate yourself on what FOG is and how to properly dispose of it.

Common ingredients that contain FOG include dairy products such as butter and margarine, lard, batter, salad dressings, meat fats, soups, oil, icing and sauces. Failure to dispose of these ingredients properly could lead to fines, with laws in place across Scotland and Wales that could result in a fine of £10,000.

With that in mind, Lanes for Drains offer a FREE downloadable drain management guide for the catering industry to help expand your knowledge on the following points within the food industry:

  1. Impact of improper disposal
  2. Legal implications and regulations
  3. Disposal options
Dirty pans and fat being poured down the sink
Dirty pots and pans not properly rinsed before being cleaning, resulting in fat being poured down the drains, ultimately leading to FOG

Not only does our guide give you all the information you will need on the food industry and what it requires of you to maintain legal standards, but it also provides you with disposal do’s and don’ts to help you in the kitchen as well as a guide on the main offenders to causing blocked drains.

At Lanes we can provide you with all the services required to aid you in your waste management as well as offering pre-planned maintenance agreements to help you take the pressure off.

For more information, call today on 0800 526 488 and we will be happy to assist you.

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