A new industry association has been formed that is claiming to lead the fightback against fatbergs.
The Grease Contractors Association (GCA), which is administered by industry trade association British Water, is now officially operating having taken three years to set up.
The CGA plans to be an authority on best practice for the specification, installation and maintenance of grease traps and management systems. One of its objectives is to promote its view that correctly sizing, installing and maintaining kitchen grease traps is key to improving the health of the UK’s sewer network.
GCA co-chairman, Edward Palin, said: “The arrival of monster fatbergs has put grease on the agenda as people can see the damage they cause and the costs to clear them. What is not clear to restaurant operators is how to correctly size and maintain grease traps to satisfy the water utilities and regulations. It is also the case that there are varying practices in the industry around what to do with grease waste.”
The GCA is a collaboration of seven of the largest operators in the grease trap maintenance sector, which have pooled industry knowledge and best practice to create a code of practice for the sizing, installation and maintenance of grease traps.
Each member of the GCA has been independently audited by British Water to check process standards for grease trap management. Further checks will be carried out on a regular basis to ensure standards are maintained.
Mr Palin said the GCA is now recruiting members and wants to sign up all contractors involved in the maintenance of grease traps.
“The more contractors we have working to the high standards that have been set, the more effective the UK’s grease management equipment will be,” he explained.
The GCA is hosting a recruitment day on 4 July in Rugby. Companies interested in attending should email firstname.lastname@example.org.