A “landmark” prosecution has sparked a warning to restaurants and cafes about the implications of disposing of fats, oils and grease down the drain.
A restaurant in Staffordshire has been ordered to pay £5,495 by magistrates following a case brought by water company Severn Trent.
The food company was found to have blocked the sewers with fat, oil and grease, leaving neighbouring businesses unable to flush their toilets.
The case is only the second of its kind to have been brought to court in the UK and highlights the growing determination of water companies to take action against food businesses that flout the law.
Justin Holley of Orchard Facilities Management said every food service business would produce waste fats, oils and grease as part of its operations.
Under section 111 of the Water Industry Act it is an offence to allow anything into the sewers that could interfere with the free flow of water and waste.
FOG is also covered by health and safety legislation as well as environmental health laws.
Mr Holley said it made business sense to take FOG seriously.
“Aside from the financial impact of a fine and the negative publicity associated with prosecution, efficient waste management can reduce a restaurant’s running costs,” he explained.
“Removal of fats, oils and grease should be part of a comprehensive waste and recycling strategy aimed at making the whole business as hygienic and efficient as possible,” he added.
To find out more about how to implement cost saving waste management strategies in your business call Orchard Facilities Management on 01422 880 180.