Filta Group executives have met with Philip Dunne, MP for Ludlow, who is trying to introduce new legislation to clean up the country’s water courses, to help demonstrate the role of grease traps and FOG (Fats, Oils and Grease) management in reducing water pollution.
As part of his Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill, Dunne is leading a discussion on the impact of wastewater being released into rivers and streams, including how pollution can be reduced by some simple measures taken at the source.
He was invited by Filta Group to McDonald’s in Hylton Road, Worcester, to view the work it does for McDonald’s restaurants and to better understand how grease traps can support foodservice operations by preventing FOGs from entering the water system from pots, pans and warewashing.
Dunne met with members of the Filta team and multi-site McDonald’s franchisee Trevor Smith to see the grease management measures put in place at McDonald’s restaurants by Filta Group, which include a high-efficiency Filta FOG grease removal unit and biological drain treatment system.
The grease removal unit removes fat, oil and grease from wastewater, allowing it to be re-processed as part of McDonald’s oil management strategy. The biological dosing equipment injects naturally occurring organisms which help to degrade and digest any oil and grease which manages to pass through the system.
Philip Dunne MP said: “I am grateful to Filta Group for arranging to visit the McDonald’s in Worcester to show me the operation of a grease removal unit as an example of best practice. I found it a more interesting discussion than I had frankly anticipated and was pleased to see how effective the product can be in minimising ingress of used cooking oils into the drainage system.”
Edward Palin, commercial director for Filta, commented: “We have been supporting McDonald’s for many years. Their commitment to minimising the environmental impact of FOGs is evident though the investment they have made in high performance grease removal equipment, which has been implemented across most of the McDonald’s restaurants in the UK. It was great to be able to demonstrate these robust procedures to Philip Dunne MP.”
McDonald’s Smith added: “McDonald’s is keenly focussed on environmental best practice. It has been well publicised how we use our waste cooking oil to fuel our trucks and we are really proud of that.
“The grease removal systems we use from Filta pick up any oil carried in the wastewater – this not only prevents sewer blockages and fatbergs it also provides additional waste-oil for re-processing. It is good to know we are doing all we can to prevent fatbergs and would encourage others to look at their processes to ensure they have best practices in place.”