Newtown revises ordinance to keep restaurant grease from clogging township sewers
NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP - Because many restaurant owners and other eateries were not properly installing and cleaning grease traps, the township wastewater lines were becoming clogged with fats, oil and grease, known in the industry as FOG.
Besides being messy, this buildup can also be dangerous. iast summer, a grease explosion in a township sewer line had damaged several cars in a shopping center. $FFRUGLnJ WR RIfiFLDOs, D JUHDsH EuLOGuS from nearby eateries was the cause.
As a result, the township drafted an update grease ordinance which the Board of Supervisors approved 5-0 at their Aug. 22 regular meeting.
Under the revised ordinance, the Newtown goint Municipal Authority is empowered to annually inspect restaurants’ grease traps to ensure that there are no buildups, and order businesses to clean Dny PDOIunFWLRnLnJ WUDSs, RU EH finHG.
According to the ordinance, traps, also known as interceptors, must be large enough to handle the facilities grease discharge, as well as be “properly maintained and functioning.”
The ordinance states that all commercial food establishments, as well as facilities preparing food, such as food courts, child care centers and assisted living institutions, must have the require grease interceptors, if the facility has a “reasonable FhDnFH WR LPSHGH RU sWRS WhH flRw RI WhH sewer system.”
However, the new law does not require single-family or multiple residential dwellings, such as condominiums or apartment complexes, to install these traps.
The devices must be placed as close to the discharge point as possible, and also EH WhH SURSHU sL]H, EHWwHHn fivH DnG 50 gallons, to handle the load.
Hazardous wastes, such as strong cleaners, pesticides, paints and acids cannot be flushHG GRwn WhH GUDLn. ,n DGGLWLRn, WhH use of emulsifying treatments, like greasedigesting bacteria, cannot be used without written permission from the Newtown Township.
All new and existing facilities must also have a FOG permit. If the grease is hauled away by a waste disposal company, adequate records must be kept by the restaurant, including the number of gallons and time the waste was removed. In addition, all haulers must be properly licensed.
The new ordinance takes effect Aug. 27.