If you are thinking about opening a restaurant, you have to make plans for a range of things including how you are going to deal with old grease. Whether it's a splash of grease in the bottom of a saute pan or a vat of grease from a fryer, you need to know how to safely dispose of this liquid waste. Take a look at these essential tips and ideas:
1. Invest in a grease trap
If grease goes down the drain, it can build up and create a clog, costing you a lot of money in plumbing repair bills. So that doesn't happen, you need to install a grease trap in all of your sinks. That prevents the grease from getting into the pipes.
2. Have containers for disposing of small bits of grease waste
Most restaurants have a range of grease traps. In most cases, you may have small ones located near the opening of your drain in your sink. These traps catch grease as it gets poured into your sinks, and they can typically be emptied by hand.
So that the grease doesn't spill and make your skip or rubbish bins all dirty, make sure you have small containers or watertight bags to pour the grease into to dispose of it rather than just pouring it in a bin.
3. Contact a liquid waste removal company
You may also have larger grease traps located in your pipes somewhere between your drains and the point where the pipes leave the building. These traps can be emptied by a professional liquid waste removal company.
Although they have different removal methods, these professionals usually suck out the grease from grease traps with a high powered vacuum and then dispose of it. Make sure that you find one of these companies before you open for business and that they are reputable.
4. Consider recycling your used or trapped grease
In lieu of simply throwing it out, you can also recycle old grease. In some cases, a liquid waste removal service will simply take care of recycling for you. If you choose a service who offers recycling of old grease, they may take the grease somewhere it can be turned into stock feed or biodiesel.
In other cases, you can try to take care of your recycling efforts on your own. There are a range of things you can do -- try putting an ad in the local paper and asking people if they want to pick up the old grease for free. Anyone, from candle makers, to soap makers, to biodiesel vehicle drivers, may be interested in picking it up.