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Grease Trap Helps to Prevent Environmental Problems

Oct 14, 2019
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Grease traps are designed to separate and capture waste fats, oils, grease (FOG) and solids before they enter the wastewater. Grease traps are needed for preventing kitchen wastes, fats, oils and grease from clogging pipes and sewerage system which could prevent environmental pollution of water ways. FOG are mainly from the by-products of cooking such as food scraps, meats fat, lard, tallow, cooking oil, butter, margarine, sauces, gravy, deep-fried food, cheeses and baked foods.

Fats, oils and grease (FOG) which released into the drains will clog them and block water flow. Eventually, will results in flash floods during the heavy rains. The clogged drains will attract rodents and other disease-carrying pests. According to Majlis Perbandaran Klang (MPK), oil and food particles were polluting Sungai Kelang, causing floods in several neighbourhoods there. In addition to that, on August 2011, Datuk Dr. Mah Hang Soon said that the high grease content in wastewater or effluent from public market and restaurant was amongst the major causes of Sungai Kinta pollution. Based on the incidents above, it is clearly stated that FOG released into the drains will causes many environmental problems.

Referring to Department of Environment under the Pollution and Water Quality Improvement Program, food premises are one of the major contributors to river pollution. It is supported by the statement from Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK) on 2016 where restaurant grease is the main contributor of overflow sewer pipes. FOG causes manholes in commercial areas to overflow.

Therefore every hotels, cafeteria, restaurants, school canteens and other food related businesses are compulsory to install the grease trap. According to Global Environment Centre (GEC) river care programme coordinator Dr K. Kalithasan, the existing law only required food operators to install a grease trap as a condition to obtain or renew their licence. However, the law did not specify details on the grease trap’s size, maintenance and oil collection, making it easy for the eatery operators to flout it. Apart from that, most of the restaurant operators and workers have no knowledge on grease traps or FOG maintenance.

Poorly maintained and low capacity of grease trap will allow FOG to flow into the sewer pipes via drains and storm drains, causing the build-up of fatberg. A fatberg is a congealed lump in a sewer system formed by the combination of non-biodegradable solid matter such as wet wipes with grease or cooking fat. Continuous build – up of fatberg, decreases the capacity of the sewer system as the FOG solidifies and deposits on the interior walls of the sewer due to the low temperature. Ultimately, it will cause the blockages of pipes and hence restricting the wastewater flow.

Therefore, it is vital for the food service operators to ensure that the installed grease traps should be well maintained and the capacity should be sufficient enough to sustain the FOG. For instance, a food court or a 24-hour restaurant will require a much bigger grease trap compared to a small stalls. Operating hours and the activeness of the food business are the factors when specifying the capacity of the grease traps. The food operators also need to ensure that their workers are well trained in maintaining the grease trap. Grease traps should be cleaned up regularly. The frequency of cleaning will vary depending on the type of food served and how active your business is. Regular cleaning keeps a grease trap working properly and will prevent clogging in kitchen drains and pipes.

The local authorities also need to regularly check on the grease trap installed by the eateries whether it meet the requirements or otherwise. Some of the irresponsible eateries installed the cheap grease trap only to obtain or renew the licence. The laws surrounding the use of grease traps at eateries are inadequate and needs to be tightened.

In conclusion, grease trap installation for every eateries, hotels, school canteens and other food related business should be mandatory and the local authorities should tightened the requirements of the grease trap specifications. Grease trap can prevent the environmental problems in the future.

 

Nur Imani binti Abdullah

Forum Air Malaysia

Put more heat on grease trap law

Oct 14, 2019
Put more heat on grease trap law
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Grease trap that channel the filtered waste to drain. (Taken from photos shown by Public Health standing committee member alternate chairman Ong Ah Teong in press conference.)

GREASE traps (pic) are designed to separate and capture waste fats, oils, grease (FOG) and food waste before they enter the drain and sewers.

Grease traps are needed to stop these wastes from clogging the drains and sewers and to prevent environmental pollution of the waterways.

 

FOG are mainly the by-products of cooking, and include food scraps, meat fat, lard, tallow, cooking oil, butter, margarine and sauces.

Fats, oils and grease released into the drains will clog them and block water flow, resulting in flash floods during heavy rain.

 

The clogged drains will also attract rodents and other pests that carry diseases.

Food premises are among the major contributors to river pollution. According to the Klang Municipal Council (MPK), oil and food particles are polluting the Klang River, causing floods in several neighbourhoods there.

A high grease content in wastewater or effluents from public markets and restaurants was among the major causes of pollution in Kinta River, according to the local authority in 2011.

And according to Indah Water Konsortium Sdn Bhd (IWK), restaurant grease is the main reason behind the overflow of sewer pipes.

It is compulsory for all operators of hotels, restaurants and other food-related businesses to install grease traps in their premises.

But, according to Dr K. Kalithasan, programme coordinator of the Global Environ­ment Centre’s (GEC) river care project, the existing law only requires food operators to install grease traps as a condition for obtaining or renewing their licence.

It does not specify details for the grease trap, such as size, maintenance and cleaning schedules, making it easy for the operators to flout the law, he said.

Most restaurant operators and workers also do not have any knowledge of grease traps and their maintenance.

Poorly maintained and low capacity grease trap will allow FOG to flow into the sewer pipes and drains, causing the build-up of fatberg, a congealed lump in a sewer system formed by the combination of non-biodegradable solid matter with grease or cooking fat.

Continuous build-up of the fatberg will reduce the capacity of the sewer system, and will ultimately cause blockages.

It is therefore vital for those involved in the food production business to ensure that grease traps of the right capacity are installed in their premises and to keep them well maintained.

The capacity of the grease traps should be based on the operating hours and the scale of activity of the business concerned.

Food operators must also ensure that their workers are well trained in maintaining the grease traps and clean them regularly. The frequency of cleaning depends on the type of food served and how active the business is.

The local authorities also need to regularly check the grease traps installed in food premises. Some operators might install grease traps just to obtain or renew their business licence and forget about their maintenance thereafter. The law on grease traps is inadequate and needs to be tightened as well.

NUR IMANI ABDULLAH

Forum Air Malaysia

Petaling Jaya


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/letters/2018/02/28/put-more-heat-on-grease-trap-law#Kt04ZuhfIAqHOcms.99

No tolerance for filthy stalls

Oct 14, 2019
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Enforcement personnel inspecting the food court at the Esplanade in George Town, Penang. — Photos: GARY CHEN/The Star

A NASI kandar operator in Chulia Street, Penang, was slapped with a RM250 compound for not using grease trap at the premises.

Four other hawker stalls – two each in Chulia Street and the Esplanade – were issued with a RM20 compound each for not cleaning their grease traps.

 

All the offenders were caught during an operation carried out by Penang Island City Council (MBPP) on Friday.

During the operation, 11 officers from the council’s licensing Department, led by city councillor Wong Yuee Harng, made surprise checks on 46 food stalls and shops in Chulia Street and Medan Renong Padang Kota Lama (Esplanade Food Court).

 

Wong said the nasi kandar operator had a grease trap but chose not to use it

^ Wong (grey shirt) and other council personnel from the Licensing Department carrying out an inspection in Chulia Street.
Wong (grey shirt) and other council personnel from the Licensing Department carrying out an inspection in Chulia Street.

 

“Instead, the workers washed the utensils in a basin before discharging the dirty water into the drain.

“The operation is to create awareness about the importance of using grease traps at shops and stalls.

“If not, the waste could clog up the drains, resulting in flash floods,” he said, adding that the operation was carried out at hawker stalls in MBPP-owned premises and stalls with tagging issued by the council.

Wong said the council had prepared grease trap for stalls within the premises under the council, adding that private food stall operators should prepare their own grease traps.

“The grease trap needs to be cleaned every now and then.

 

 

An enforcement officer checking a grease trap under a basin.

 

“Any waste that is caught on the grease traps needs to be disposed off properly,” he said.

Also present was MBPP healthcare assistant officer Rohaydaa Ali.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/09/25/no-tolerance-for-filthy-stalls-council-fines-five-operators-for-grease-trap-offences#I7xkdVDMvVZfHEi5.99

Hygiene crackdown continues in Penang

Oct 14, 2019
Hygiene crackdown continues in Penang
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Visitors checking out MPSP

FOOD traders who operate at the food and beverage complexes of the local councils will have their licences revoked if they fail to use or maintain their grease traps.

“There will be no more warnings after this.

 

“The local councils will immediately revoke the licences of culprits.

“My speech is the warning. The councils’ enforcement team will be conducting spot checks after this,” said state Local Government Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo before opening a new food complex at the Sri Penanti market in Seberang Prai on Sunday.

 

The grease traps are installed so that food waste does not directly go into the drains.

 

State Housing, Town, Country Planning and Local Government Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo (left) and Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) president Datuk Rozali Mohamud showing the grease trap installed under a sink at the food stall complex in Sri Penanti Market in Bukit Mertajam on Sept 30, 2018. / star pic by LO TERN CHERN / The Star / Sept 30, 2018.
Jagdeep (left) and Rozali showing a grease trap installed under a sink at a food stall.

 

On the Penang mainland, there are 66 food complexes with 1,529 stalls under the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP).

Council president Datuk Rozali Mohamud said each grease trap costs about RM3,000 to RM4,000to install and requires regular maintenance.

He said the enforcement team would start with those whose stalls were equipped with the grease traps given by the council.

“We will eventually move on to other operators to make sure they comply with the requirement by 2022,” said Rozali.

The food complex in Sri Penanti market was completed in nine months, costing RM385,500.

Each of the 13 food stalls is equipped with a grease trap, lights and fans.

There are also yellow tactile pavings and a ramp to guidethe visually impaired into the complex.


No escaping grease trap ruling

Oct 14, 2019
No escaping grease trap ruling
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Mubarak (centre, in dark jacket) and councillor Harvinder singh (right) checking grease traps at stalls along lorong selamat during an operation against food operators who fail to install grease traps. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) is coming down hard on food operators who fail to install grease traps in their premises.

In a move to prevent drains from clogging up which could trigger flash floods, the MPPP has launched a full-scale operation against offenders.

 

Councillor Wong Yuee Harng advised hawkers not to think only about making profits, but also to have a proper waste management.

“The state government has spent millions of ringgit on drainage systems.
 


餐饮业者须安装隔油器

Oct 14, 2019
餐饮业者须安装隔油器
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一天在报章上看见一则新闻,新闻指出:凡向梳邦再也市议会 (Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya ''MPSJ'')申请餐馆执照,安装隔油器(grease trap/perangkap minyak)是指定条例。

根据地方政府,城市福利部,房屋及地方政府 (Jabatan Kerajaan Tempatan, Kementerian, Kesejahteraan Bandar, Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan)的网站,当局早已在今年1月1日的时候强制性规定全国的食肆餐馆必须安装隔油器

不安装隔油器的后果
若卫生组发现该隔油器设施如同需设,或业者没有定时清理,执法官员将有权向对方发出不超过1000令吉的罚单。
Akta Kerajaan Tempatan 1976 (Akta 171)~Seksyen 69 (第69条文)
Akta Jalan, Parit dan Bangunan 1974 (Akta 133)~Seksyen 55 (第55条文)


如果业者触犯Akta Kerajaan Tempatan 1976第70条文的话,则将会被罚款不超过5000令吉,或不超过2年监禁或两者兼施。如果持续触犯该条文,附加罚款则是一天不超过500令吉。

另外,有关当局也有权要求业者安装和运行任何控制设备或附加控制设备。
Akta Kualiti Alam Sekeliling 1974 (Akta 127)~Seksyen 25 § Seksyen 31 (第25和31条文)

为何要安装隔油器?
如果商家没有安装隔油器,将导致污水或油渍流入水管或沟渠,引发阻塞问题。

地方政府,城市福利部,房屋及地方政府指出,目前,污染问题日趋严重。其中被确定的污染来源是由餐馆或食肆排放到河里食物渣滓、油和油脂。


环境部属下的Lembaga Sungai研究报告指出,食肆餐馆已被确定为导致河水污染的主要原因之一。由食肆所排出的污水一般上含有很多的脂肪、油和食物渣滓,而这些食物渣滓则是在准备烹饪需要用的原料和清洗厨房用具时所排出的。

当局认为,在废水还未排放到沟渠或水域前,隔油器可以用来分隔废水里的食物渣滓、油和油脂。而安装隔油器是一个解决水域污染问题的最实际的方法。

业者若有任何疑问,可以联络:

Perangkap minyak antara syarat lulus lesen premis makanan

Oct 14, 2019
Perangkap minyak antara syarat lulus lesen premis makanan
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SHAH ALAM, 19 MAC: Semua pengusaha premis makanan di setiap pihak berkuasa tempatan (PBT) wajib menyediakan perangkap minyak sebagai syarat kelulusan lesen perniagaan bagi mengelakkan pembuangan sisa terus ke longkang.

EXCO Kerajaan Tempatan, Pengangkutan Awam Dan Pembangunan Kampung Baru, Ng Sze Han berkata, tindakan itu selaras dengan Peruntukkan 20 Undang-Undang Kecil Perlesenan Esteblisymen Makanan 2007.

“PBT juga boleh menjalankan tindakan penguatkuasaan kompaun di bawah peruntukan Seksyen 47, Akta Jalan, Parit dan Bangunan 1974 (Akta 133) iaitu meletakkan debu atas jalan dan sebagainya,” katanya.
 

Beliau berkata demikian ketika menjawab pertanyataan mulut Ahli Dewan Negeri Subang Jaya, Michelle Ng Mei Sze berkaitan dasar Kerajaan Negeri menyelesaikan masalah pembuangan sisa peniaga-peniaga ke longkang.

Katanya, PBT juga menjalankan pemantauan secara berkala terhadap pengusaha-pengusaha restoran khususnya melalui pemeriksaan dan penggredan premis makanan bersama Pejabat Kesihatan Daerah (PKD).


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