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Toolkit tackles FOG

The SRA has created an online toolkit providing operators with everything they need to know about effective fat, oil and grease (FOG) management, including legal obligations and key dos and don’ts when it comes to disposal.

Grease is the Word: A guide to help foodservice tackle Fat, Oil and Grease spells out three steps every foodservice outlet should take, which includes identifying potential FOG hotspots and ensuring correct equipment fitted, reducing use of fats and carefully managing FOG. It also highlights the financial benefits available to operators by selling waste FOG for recycling into bio-fuel.

Put together in conjunction with Kingspan Water & Energy, the toolkit follows a meeting of representatives from foodservice outlets, water companies, sustainability organisations and biofuel companies in March, which revealed large knowledge gaps.

The SRA reports that seven out of ten of the UK’s 366,000 annual sewer blockages are caused by FOG and says that with an estimated 70% of commercial kitchens having no equipment in place to tackle FOG, urgent action is required.

Andrew Stephen, chief executive of the SRA, comments: “Foodservice faces a simple choice when it comes to FOG. Businesses can either act responsibly and reap the rewards from recycling this energy rich product, or they can choose to break the law, risk contributing to more fatbergs and face costly enforcement action by the water companies that have to clean up. Our aim with Grease is the Word is to make that decision a no-brainer for all operators, which will mean cash for them, clear sewers for all and a boost to the burgeoning biofuel market.”

David Anderson, Kingspan service business unit director, adds: “There is still too little awareness around the need for individual responsibility and action to ensure FOG is managed at source. Collective action across the industry is now urgently needed. Everyone needs to come together to make changes if we are to succeed in combatting this growing menace.”

“FOG has huge potential as an energy-rich source of fuel and can be used as the bio-component for high grade, sustainable diesel for fleet operators. What’s more, it offers an attractive payback for food outlets, in partnership with strategic bio-fuel manufacturers. The government is pushing for a more circular economy, reducing, reusing and recycling our resources for a more sustainable future. All it takes is a simple shift in thinking and we have an opportunity that will lower greenhouse gas emissions, ensure the UK’s future (bio-)energy security, and give a commercial value to FOG disposal.”

Earlier this year a Nottingham restaurant was successfully prosecuted by Severn Trent Water for causing a fatberg in the city and ordered to pay £8,400.

The toolkit has the backing of Southern Water, which is also calling on restaurants to act now.

Grease is the Word is free to download here.

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