Fatbergs started as a one-off occurrence in Whitechapel, London. However, over the past 24-months it has become a regular feature. Increasing awareness of the issues has prompted both governmental and non-governmental bodies to look closer at the issue and associated building codes

Food Safety Act 1990

Food Safety Act 1990 - Issues caused by fats, oils and greases in the sewers and subsequent failure to comply with the Food Hygiene Regulations, could give grounds for an emergency prohibition order or prosecution.

Water Industry Act 1991

Water Industry Act 1991 (Section 111) gives the water companies the power to bring a criminal proceeding against anyone who causes injury or inhibits the free flow of the sewer network. FOG are included in this; therefore it is within their power to prosecute for FOG contamination.
They also have the power to ‘recharge’; this is when they charge users of the sewer network with any costs involved in clearing blockages or resolving environmental issues due to floods as a result of blockages. These charges can be considerable.
Water Companies can also work with their local government offices, specifically Environmental Health, to bring about ‘improvement orders’ and ‘prohibition orders’ to force a site to improve their practices.

Building Regulations 2010

The Building Regulations 2010 - Drainage serving kitchens in commercial hot food premises should be fitted with a grease separator complying with BS EN 1825-1:2004 and designed in accordance with BS EN 1825-2:2002 or other effective means of grease removal.

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