In October 2012 the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (GVS&DD) adopted “Food sector grease interceptor bylaw 268.  This bylaw affects every restaurant in the Greater Vancouver Region (GVR).

“the grease police, they live in the GVS&DD”

“the grease police, they come to my restaurant”

“the grease police they’re coming to find me, oh no.”

I’ve taken liberties in the above quote from a rock band that was big when I was in high school, maybe some of you remember Cheap Tricks-The Dream Police, to make a point.  So what’s the point?

In October 2012 the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (GVS&DD) adopted “Food sector grease interceptor bylaw 268.  This bylaw affects every restaurant in the Greater Vancouver Region (GVR).

It says that every owner or operator of a food establishment must use grease interception in accordance with this bylaw to separate food, oils and grease (FOG), and then remove or retain such FOG from wastewater before being discharged into a sewer or sewage facility.  Every interceptor installed after this bylaw and prior to January 1 2015 must achieve a rating standard of 90% or better grease removal according to CSA B481.1, and that after January 1 2015 the maximum effluent grease concentration is to be a maximum of 150mg/l as per CSA B481.2.  All prior installed interceptors may obtain a non-conforming status providing they are not discharging effluent greater than 300ml/l of grease (Bylaw 268, 2012 part2 sec8 subsection b)

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Failure to comply may result in a minimum fine of $2,000 to a maximum $10,000 per day until the situation is remedied.

What’s the point? The point is this: Grease effluent is now a serious matter, not to mention a potentially expensive one if your system was not designed and/or installed correctly

At BC Comfort we have been designing and installing grease interception systems for many years.  One of the things that we have learned is that the best tanks to install, in my opinion, are the High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) units.  The units are not only smaller than traditions steel and concrete units, but will last the design life of the buildings plumbing system, resulting in a savings due to premature failure of your interceptor.

Our HDPE of choice are from Schier Products Great Basin line.

Don’t get caught by the grease police. Call today for more information about how BC Comfort can provide a professional design/build solution for your next grease interceptor project.