Grease Trap Cleaning

Grease trap systems catch solid food waste, fats, oils, and grease, leaving only water to pass down into the drainage system. This system keeps oil and solid waste out of the septic and drainage systems and can easily meet the requirements of the local Water Authority.

Argus Waste Recycling provide grease trap cleaning services to Melbourne and across Victoria for all commercial food preparation facilities of all sizes.

Our team of EPA licensed driver/operators will clean your grease trap waste and transport it to our accredited recovery facility where it will be processed and treated for higher-end uses such as organic compost and bio-fuels.

What is a grease trap and how does it work?

Grease traps have existed for quite some time. They are well-designed plumbing devices that catch most fats, cooking oils, and grease. They are also known as Grease Interceptors or Recovery Devices. The purpose of a grease trap is to catch grease and solids before they enter the wastewater treatment system. Disposing of these trapped wastes, while complying with the local water authority requirement and avoiding major blockages, can be quite difficult. They can be found in a variety of settings, including:

  • Restaurant
  • Takeaways
  • Cafes
  • Hotels
  • Pubs, bars and inns
  • Schools and colleges
  • Bakeries

When wastewater enters the grease trap, it begins to flow slowly enough that it has time to cool and separate into three distinct layers. The grease rises to the top of the container, while the particles sink to the bottom. Greywater is collected and discharged into the wastewater system. Strainers are commonly used to capture solid debris. This helps to prevent sediments from collecting at the bottom of the container.

Grease Trap Schematic Diagram

How Frequently Should Grease Traps Be Cleaned & Emptied?

Grease traps should be emptied at least once every three months.

If you run a really active commercial, though, you might want to have them emptied and serviced more frequently. Your business will be able to run safely and efficiently at all times if you set up a monthly grease trap emptying and maintenance program. The cost of emptying a grease trap is determined by the grease trap's size, type, and placement.

The Importance of Installing a Grease Trap

If your business is in the food industry, you must have an appropriate-sized grease trap in place before you begin operations. The installation of a grease trap is required by the local water authority such as South East Water.

Fatbergs and blockages caused by organic debris will cause a variety of issues, including unpleasant odours and water not draining away quickly from other fixtures. A grease interceptor system should be installed to prevent any difficulties from arising, as it will assist you to dispose of fats, oils, and grease waste and keep your restaurant and commercial kitchen working smoothly.

Grease Trap Maintenance

While the initial installation is a one-time task, the system must be maintained and upheld on a regular basis in order for it to function properly. The maintenance can save you a lot of money. If this maintenance is not performed, the result will be similar to not having a grease trap installed. Putting off a grease trap emptying is a bad idea for the below reasons: 

  • It could be against the local Water Authority regulations to not have your grease trap cleaned on a regular basis, and failure to follow proper procedures could result in fines and other penalties;
  • It could jeopardise the health of your entire plumbing system; 
  • A clogged grease trap can cause a major flood; 

Contact Argus Waste Recycling for a quote on grease trap cleaning. We provide an all-inclusive servicing program to ensure that your grease trap is kept in good working order. We put your service on a regular maintenance cycle and work with you to meet your trade waste compliance obligations with the EPA and your local water authority.

Who Should Handle Grease Trap Cleaning?

Grease trap cleaning and maintenance should only be done by companies that have grease trap cleaning and maintenance experience. After you've determined how often your grease trap has to be cleaned, you'll need to pick who will clean it. While it is possible to go the DIY route, as we've seen, it can be a very unpleasant experience.

Many people are averse to dealing with large amounts of dark, odorous grease. Furthermore, many businesses lack the necessary equipment to deal with it safely. As a result, it's best to enlist the help of our grease trap experts to do the task properly.

Grease trap cleaning is one of our specialities at Argus Waste Recycling.

Grease trap cleaning services we offer include:

  • Grease trap waste cleaning and removal by trained and licenced driver/operators
  • A Grease trap cleaning service tailored to your specific requirements and to your environment
  • Grease trap inspections and report of any problems
  • Grease trap auditing to maintain service standards
  • Electronic waste tracking of your grease trap waste
  • Transporting to our own EPA licensed facility for treatment, recycling and resource recovery
  • Service reporting provided to your local authorities on your behalf
  • Attention to OH&S standards and all local regulatory requirements
  • 24/7 Emergency Response Service for our clients

Emergency Call Out Service / Unscheduled Grease Trap Cleaning Services for our Customers

Call us for emergency service outside of business hours. We also handle any unscheduled work during the business day. 

Our service offers:

  • 24/7 Call – 1300 RECYCLE (1300 732 925)
  • Highly trained and equipped personnel
  • Rapid response clean up and safe disposal
  • Reporting to relevant authorities

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