Many restaurant owners all over the country are looking for ways to make their kitchens more environmentally friendly. This is a smart thing to do, but at Hoodmart we’re always interested in how many forget to look closely at something they deal with every day: Grease. If your kitchen isn’t handle it correctly then you could end up with damaged equipment, unfortunate odors, fires, and fines from the EPA. By following the best practices to green-up your grease storage and disposal, you’ll not only be protecting your company, you’ll be helping the environment.
Use the right grease filters
Would you believe that more than half of clogged drains are caused by grease? When grease and oil are mixed with cold water, they often solidify and then clog up a drain. Many restaurant owners believe that if they mix soapy water with grease, that they can pour it down and unclog their line. The truth is that this will actually end up sticking to your pipes over a series of days or weeks.
National laws state that your kitchen must have a grease filter to prevent these issues. They can not only help protect your kitchen from fires, but they can help avoid clogged lines and issues within your hood as well. The best tips to control grease within your kitchen include:
- Don’t pour grease down your sink.
- Don’t pour grease down the floor drain.
- Make sure that every hood in your kitchen has a grease filter.
- Clean your hood filters regularly.
- To prevent grease from getting into your sewage line, choose low-temp automatic dishwashers.
- Make sure your employees understand the right grease management processes.
Take a look outside
While helping the environment starts with taking care of your kitchen, remember that you need to be mindful of other grease disposal options too. For example, what is your method for handling grease that escapes from your dumpster? If you don’t handle it correctly, it could potentially go down the storm drain and harm your local waterways.
To prevent that from happening, never overfill your dumpster. Keep a lid on it so that animals and critters can’t get in and pull trash out. Don’t use your hose around your dumpster because it could cause water pollution. Finally, don’t put your grease in dumpsters if you don’t have to – dumpsters can leak. Instead, use a grease collection unit and empty it on a regular basis.