This post celebrates the second year of Grease Traps in the news, your one-stop-shop for all grease-trap related news, from all parts of the US and beyond. As always, we’re highlighting the various issues that can arise around grease traps, from failing to meet health, business, and sewer regulations to the importance of regular maintenance and servicing and what failing to do these things can cost you. This time around, we’re covering everything from grease traps flooding residential neighborhoods to better sewers through the power of science (but not in the way you think).
Garden City: A Greasy Mess on Your Front Lawn
September 14th: For having the name Garden City, the smells coming from the yard of Michigan local Renee Fondaw certainly weren’t flowers. It’s a smell she has sadly become used to as she shares a sewer line with the nearby KFC, and every time they get their grease trap serviced, the smell and the sludge flood her yard. City workers have replaced the pipe, the yard, and cleaned up after each occasion, but the source remains the same. Authorities believe it’s a combination of bad grease trap maintenance and a lack of best practices for KFC employees, who may be dumping grease directly down the drain.
New Canaan: Health Violation Crackdown on High School Cafeteria
October 26th: It’s important to remember that it’s not just restaurants that will pay the piper if they ignore their grease trap – any facility that cooks or processes food is at risk. In the sleepy New England town of New Canaan, Connecticut, their local high school was dinged by the health department for violations, among other things the presence of mold of shelves, duct-taped tools, and a grease trap with a lack of maintenance and cleaning. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.
Lexington: Putting Turkey Grease to Good Use for Science
November 23rd: Everyone loves Turkey Day but doesn’t always think of the consequences of pouring all that grease down the drain. In the Kentucky town of Lexington, their annual “Gobble Grease Toss” is a collection of turkey grease (assuming from both baking and deep frying turkeys) left over from Thanksgiving that will be used for recycling into biofuel and research in the University of Kentucky. The service was free to all as an alternative to dumping the grease down the drain, something which impacts local water treatment facilities.
While it’s a new year for the grease trap news, the stories are often the same. Grease traps problems keep popping up in the news. Make sure your restaurant doesn’t. Food Grease Trappers are experts in the field of grease trap maintenance and waste vegetable oil (WVO) collections for the foodservice industry, and we have been doing so for over 20 years. If you need assistance with your grease trap in New England, make sure to contact us. You can also reach out to us directly for a free quote today.