Fatberg Fightback Bolstered by Association Launch

Jul 09, 2018

Correctly sizing, installing and maintaining kitchen grease traps is key to improving the health of the UK’s sewer network. That is the view of the Grease Contractors Association (GCA), an initiative centred on best practice for the specification, installation and maintenance of grease traps and management systems.

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 Grease Contractors Association, which is administered by industry trade association British Water, has been three years in the making. It is a collaboration of seven of the largest operators in the grease trap maintenance sector who 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 installation, maintenance and waste handling practices amongst others. The audit is then carried out on a regular basis to ensure standards are maintained.

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,” said Palin.

About the Grease Contractors Association

The Grease Contractors Association is a British Water administered initiative. It is a non-profit organisation of specifiers, installers and maintainers of grease management systems to:

  • Develop and promote standards for best practice
  • Assist in R&D for products and services
  • Influence and advise on legislation and regulation
  • Educate consumers and stakeholders on their role in FOG (fats, oils and grease) reduction
  • Provide a networking forum
  • Bring clarity, understanding, credibility and transparency to the industry


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SE11 5JH London

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