How Trade Waste Applies to the Food Industry

Trade waste is made up of waste from commercial premises. It does not include household, agricultural and industrial waste. In Australia, it is illegal for a food business to discharge waste to the sewer without a suitable grease trap, and without a Trade Waste Agreement.

Water that is used to prepare, cook or clean food in a business, and is expelled through the drain is classed as trade waste. This includes dishwater. The water must be treated before it goes into the wastewater system.

Grease Traps

A grease trap filters waste when it exits the drain. It stops it going into the sewerage system. The waste includes fats, oils, and solid matter. The grease trap stores the waste in a tank which can later be pumped out.

A grease trap is mandatory if you are running a food business such as a takeaway shop, café or restaurant.It is a legal requirement that your grease traps are installed by a licensed plumber. Richmond Plumbing and Roofing specialise in trade waste installations in commercial premises. We install quality grease traps to meet Victorian legislative requirements.

Disposal of Trade Waste

The waste in a grease trap needs to be professionally disposed of. It is against the law for businesses to empty the waste trap themselves. Wastewater is taken away by an approved provider to be treated before it is released back into the environment.

Grease Trap Maintenance

The grease trap installed in commercial food premises must be serviced and maintained regularly by a licensed plumber. Our professional team in Richmond can be booked in to inspect and maintain grease traps to comply with Victorian legislation.

At Richmond Plumbing we specialize in trade waste systems for commercial food premises. We are fully licenced and experienced in installing equipment to meet trade waste legal requirements in Victoria. We service Richmond, Hawthorn, Kew, South Yarra, Fitzroy and surrounding areas of Richmond. Contact us today.