The Significance of Grease Traps for Food Trucks

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Food trucks have become a popular choice for aspiring entrepreneurs and cooks seeking a cost-effective alternative to traditional restaurants. These mobile kitchens offer more than just a place to cook; they encompass all the essential elements of a hygienic kitchen, including a sink. In a conventional restaurant, the sink water must pass through a grease trap or grease interceptor before entering the sewer system. But what about food trucks? Do they also require grease traps?

Understanding the Grey Water Tank

A food truck shares many similarities with an RV. Both have running water and generate wastewater, which is stored in a large tank beneath the vehicle known as the “gray water tank.” Similar to the wastewater from a restaurant kitchen, this tank contains a mixture of FOGS (Fats, Oils, Grease, and Solids), water, sanitation fluid (usually chlorine or a similar substance), and any remaining substances that the fluid couldn’t eliminate. It’s important to note that this water cannot be simply poured down the storm drain. As a responsible food truck owner, proper treatment of this water is necessary.

Proper Disposal of Grey Water

Before introducing the wastewater into the sewer system, it must undergo adequate treatment. If you were to empty the tank without appropriate treatment, such as pouring it into the storm drain near your home, it could cause pipe clogs. In addition to potential fines, traceability back to your truck could result in the loss of your license. Fortunately, in most areas, there are several options for disposing of grey water:

  • Installing a Grease Trap: By adding a trap between the sink drain and the gray water tank, you can significantly reduce the occurrence of clogs and simplify the draining process.
  • Hiring Grey Water Haulers: Depending on your location, there may be trucks available to drain the waste water for you.
  • Utilizing a Commissary or Food Truck Center: In cities where food trucks are prevalent, there are commissaries that offer parking and maintenance services for trucks after operating hours. Alternatively, you can rent a stationary spot equipped with hookups for draining into a grease interceptor.
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WVO: Recycling Fryer Oil

If you use a deep fryer in your food truck, proper disposal of the oil is another important consideration. Dumping fryer oil is not only illegal but also detrimental to your city’s waste water infrastructure. Instead, why not sell it to a recycler? Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO) can be repurposed in various industries, from soaps to biodiesel. By participating in environmental conservation, you can explore responsible ways to sell your WVO.

At Hook’d Up Bar and Grill, we specialize in keeping all types of kitchens, whether mobile or stationary, functioning smoothly. Our services include pumping and troubleshooting, helping kitchens dispose of grease more efficiently and minimize its production. We also offer a green WVO program. Connect with us today to learn more about how we can assist you.

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