What is grease trap in restaurants?: when you operate a business serving food such as a cafe, a take away shop or any type of restaurant you will likely be required to have a regulated grease trap on site and regular restaurant grease trap treatment.

In this blog today we will answer what is grease trap in restaurants and we will cover some of the key requirements and things to look out for when arranging grease trap cleaning in Sydney metro region. We have similar blogs on topics such as grease trap Brisbane or grease trap Canberra.


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What is grease trap in Restaurants – and some key things to know before booking your restaurant grease trap treatment


What is grease trap in restaurants? If you are new to running a restaurant of cafe – you may have questions about how does a restaurant grease trap work etc – or even what it is.


Basically – a grease trap is a box of water – that works in your plumbing system to capture grease, fat, food particles that go down the sink.


It captures and holds them in the grease trap – and so prevents they grease and fat from entering the water system of the city. If they were not used – the city water system would have huge issues with blockages and spillages.


what is grease trap in restaurants


Grease traps are thus mandatory for any business serving food to the public.


As the trap will gradually become full of grease – until there is no room for additional water etc – you will require a scheduled restaurant grease trap treatment as described below.


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Before you book your grease trap service – it is good to understand the following concepts:


Required schedule: the schedule you need to follow for grease trap cleaning will be set and monitored (grease trap requirements restaurants) by your local water authority. They will categorise your business based on business type, size of trap (in litres) to work out the required schedule. You will then be required to keep a record of the services performed. In Sydney – a barcode is scanned and the service performance is then recorded on the system automatically.


Barcode or trade waste agreement: In Sydney – each grease trap will have a barcode – this will be a white sticker / plaque attached to a wall or service near the trap. When you book a service -it is best to have these details to hand.


Pricing: pricing per service is usually calculated on a per litre basis – i.e. it will be a cost per litre x the number of litres in the trap. Many providers may have a minimum litre charge – i.e. such as 1000 litres or higher.


For more details about what is grease trap in restaurants, waste services for your business – see our blog on waste services for cafes. Also – we ask what is waste management in our new blog.


See our related blog grease traps for restaurants and food processors in liquid waste services.