New Requirements for Under the Sink Grease Traps
The Kent County Code requires that by December 31, 2010 all under the sink grease traps be converted to include an automatic grease recovery system. The link below lists the manufacturers of these grease recovery systems that are acceptable to Kent County.
Manufacturers of Automatic Under the Sink Grease Recovery Systems
If you are a food service facility as defined below, under the Kent County Sanitary Code, Chapter 180, you must obtain a permit for your grease trap and/or interceptor(s):
FOOD SERVICE FACILITY – Any facility that prepares and/or packages food or beverages for sale or consumption, on or off site, with the exception of private residences and facilities that prepare less than 10 meal events (breakfast, lunch or dinner) per month. Food service facilities include, but are not limited to, food courts, food manufacturers, food packagers, restaurants, grocery stores, bakeries, lounges, hospitals, hotels, nursing homes, churches, schools, correctional facilities and all other food service facilities not listed above.
The permitting will apply to grease as it is defined below:
GREASE – A material, either liquid or solid, composed primarily of fat, oil and grease (FOG) from animal or vegetable sources. BROWN GREASE is grease that is recovered from grease traps and interceptors. YELLOW GREASE is inedible oil and grease that comes directly from fryers and other cooking equipment.
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The permitting will apply to grease interceptors and traps as they are defined below:
GREASE INTERCEPTOR – A device located underground and outside of a food service facility designed to collect, contain or remove food wastes and grease from the wastestream while allowing the balance of the liquid waste to discharge to the wastewater collection system by gravity. Interceptors shall have at least one inspection hatch on the top surface to facilitate inspection, cleaning and maintenance by a grease hauler.
GREASE TRAP – A device located in a food service facility or under a sink designed to collect, contain or remove food wastes and grease from the wastestream while allowing the balance of the liquid waste to discharge to the wastewater collection system by gravity. Traps shall have a removable lid on the top surface to facilitate inspection, cleaning and maintenance.
The permit applications are due in the offices of the Dept. of Public Works by January 31, 2004 or three months prior to operation for a new facility. The permits will be issued for a three year period with their effective date beginning January 31, 2005. Permit requirements will be effective January 31, 2005.
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All facilities must recycle their yellow grease using a licensed grease rendering company, and have their grease traps/interceptors cleaned at least once per month by a licensed brown grease hauler.
Workshops are being conducted during April-June 2004 at Polytech High School for all FSFs to assist them in completing their permit applications and understanding what is expected from them under the new code. A copy of the Workshop PowerPoint Presentation can be downloaded by clicking the link below:
FOG Workshop Presentation
The FOG grease trap permit application can be downloaded by clicking here.
Permit Application Form
As a part of the permit process a verification log of grease trap and interceptor cleaning must be kept. You can download a blank log form by clicking below:
Grease Cleaning Log
If you would like more information on FOG Best Management Practices please click here FOG BMPs, and if you would like general information on FOG and on grease traps and interceptors, please click here Oil and Grease Interceptor and Trap Program. Kent County's FOG BMP manual can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:
FOG BMP Manual
Grease may be hauled only by licensed haulers. The list is available on the page below:
Licensed Septage and Grease Haulers
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