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Grease traps

Every food business should have a grease trap installed and maintained at the required frequency.

A well maintained grease trap will capture fats and food solids that are washed down the sink when preparing or cooking food and when cleaning. Capturing fats and food solids (greasy waste) in a grease trap prevents blockages from occurring in both your and our sewer pipes.

Food establishments must ensure a licensed plumber installs an appropriately sized and constructed grease trap and get an EPA-licensed waste collector to pump out the grease trap at the frequency specified in their trade waste agreement.

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Grease trap installation

  1. Confirm the size of the grease trap required for your business with our Trade Waste department.
  2. Make sure you check with you local council health officer on the proposed location for the grease trap.
  3. Obtain installation quotes from licensed plumbers and have your preferred professional install the grease trap.
  4. If you have a small space or concerns about the size or placement of your grease trap please contact us before installing.

What size grease trap do I need?

Our grease trap calculator can help you estimate the size of grease trap you will need for your business.

This calculator should be used as a guide only. After you have submitted your completed application to us we will confirm the required grease trap size with you.

Emptying your grease trap

Your trade waste agreement will outline the specific maintenance and service requirements for your grease trap. Typically grease traps must be cleaned by EPA licensed waste collector every 3 months.

As the business operator you are responsible for maintaining your grease trap. You are required to contact an EPA-licensed waste collector to maintain, or pump out, your grease trap. We do not organize or provide this pump-out service.

We recommend that you establish a regular maintenance schedule with your preferred EPA-licensed waste collector to ensure that you continue to meet the requirements of your trade waste agreement.

Find an EPA Victoria licensed waste collector

EPA Victoria licensed waste collectors can be found under 'Waste Reduction and Disposal Services' in your local business directory.

The following are some of the waste collectors operating in our service area:

 

Company name Contact number 
2 Clean Grease Traps  9761 9488
30XY Group Pty Ltd  1300 889 322
Argus Recycling Pty Ltd  1300 732 925
Bartletts Environmental  0400 100 575
Burglar Liquid Waste  5367 7241
Citywide Liquid Waste Management  1300 366 787
Cleanaway Environmental Services  13 13 39
Corio Waste Management 5275 9500
Eastern Liquid Waste Services 1300 723 988
EVAC Environmental Pty Ltd 1300 307 194
Ivers Liquid Waste 5367 3016
Nelson’s Liquid Waste 5977 3293
Sims Liquid Waste 5422 2952
Stows Waste Management 9305 2155
Veolia Environmental Services 13 29 55
Victoria Liquid Waste Pty Ltd 9391 1386

 Disclaimer: City West Water does not endorse, nor is affiliated, with any of the above waste collectors.

Advice and support

Our team is here to provide you with advice and support with any of your trade waste issues. Please contact us by phone on 9313 8366, complete our online contact form or email us at tradewaste@citywestwater.com.au

Grease trap FAQs

Your business is required to have a grease trap if it discharges greasy waste as a result of food preparation, cooking or cleaning.

If you are unsure of whether you need a grease trap, please contact us by phone on (03) 9313 8366, via our online contact form, or by email to tradewaste@citywestwater.com.au.

A licensed plumber must install your grease trap in accordance with our connection requirements.

The occupier of the property is responsible for maintaining your business’s grease trap.

You are required to contact an EPA-licensed waste collector to maintain, or pump out, your grease trap. We do not provide this service.

We recommend that you establish a regular maintenance schedule with your preferred waste collector to ensure that you continue to meet the requirements of your trade waste consent.

Your trade waste agreement will outline the specific maintenance and service requirements for your grease trap. Typically grease traps must be cleaned by EPA-licensed contractor every 3 months.
The trade waste agreement fee is applied to cover the costs of management and administration by us, including monitoring that grease traps are being cleaned at the required frequency.  Even if you don’t have a grease trap, there are still costs involved in managing the additional risk that trade waste connection pose to the sewer system.
The application fee covers the cost of processing your application, including confirming information about your business, sizing of your grease trap, and getting you set up in our billing system.
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