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Disgusting Grease Traps

post #1 of 6
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I have worked in restaurants part time my whole life. From short order cook, dishwasher and manager. I have always had an interest in the restaurant business. In the last year I had an opportunity to work for a company that sells a new grease trap or grease recovery device. I have found that working around the traditional grease trap has been a smelly and disgusting experience. I am trying to educate others on the traditional grease trap.

In my grease trap education I have learned that grease traps only collect 85% of the fat,oil and grease (FOG) that enter the trap. If a grease trap is not serviced regularly than 50 to 100% of the grease going down the drain enters the sewer systems. The tax money involved to clean the grease clogs is overwhelming. The oxygen in the water is being depleted by the food solids and grease. Aquatic life is being depleted due to this lack of oxyygen (BOD)

The smell alone of a traditional grease trap is not fair or good for the kitchen staff. Grease is terrible for the environment.

What I need from people in this forum is pictures of grease traps. I am looking to make a gallery of these disgusting products. I believe that this would open up alot of peoples eyes. (Restaurant owners, municipal bodies)

Please send all photos to

I would really appreciate all contributions.
I will not ever submit restaurant name, only city and country.
post #2 of 6
Mine's clean, I personally muck it out every 6 mths, just a reg. 55 gallon one, and I'm kicking myself for not getting a plastic one, 'cause like Neil says, "rust never sleeps" and expectancy for most steel ones are 5-10 years.

Mucking them out usually costs around $100 and that's for a service the customer never sees, so many owneres are reluctant to do it. Most municipalites now are running video camera "snakes" down plugged lines and getting the owner of that particular property to cough up and pay for the cleaning.

Probably this is the best thing to do......
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
post #3 of 6
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I would still like a picture.....what do you mean by mucking out?
post #4 of 6
I cleaned mine every two weeks at camp this summer. With a 10 or 15-gal capasity, it wasn't too bad. The job was made easy by having the dishwachers limit the ammount of grease and food scraps that went down the drain.

Sorry, I won't be able to get a picture until next summer ... the camp's snowed in right now.

The camp in located in Eldorado National Forest, California.
post #5 of 6
Isn't it amazing how effective this is, for the traps as well as plumbing in general?
I have advocated the removal of garbage disposals in a few restaurants because of their misuse.
They are designed for accidental product going down the drain.
But more often they are used as a trash can.
I've seen gallons of old beef stew, chicken fat, etc. be routinely poured into the disposal (I'm surprised I've never seen someone push a whole deer down the disposal).
And then everyone is stunned when the inevitable drain/greasetrap problem occurs.
The worst was at a Victorian Age hotel, where the plumbing that was in the original build was of a smaller gauge, not to mention over a hundred years old.
They were constantly calling Roto-Rooter, etc. for their issues.
I advised the owner to yank the disposal and have maintainance build a screen for the drain. Then the dishstaff could still pour into the sink but the screen trapped the large particles.
Initially all of the dishwstaff were angry with me, but shortly they realized that it wasn't that much of an inconvenience, especially when they factored in all of the times dishes piled up while waiting for the plumber to fix an issue, and then they had to bust butt getting everything done.

Oh, and sorry, no pictures.
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post #6 of 6
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Grease Trap Pictures

Please send me a grease trap picture when the time allows
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